Connecticut 9-11 Living Memorial
As a living tribute to all Connecticut individuals and families touched by the events of September 11th, 2001, the Connecticut 9-11 Living Memorial was created. The memorial represents the combined efforts of private citizens, the Connecticut Office of Family Support, the Department of Environmental Protection, and many others.
The memorial is located at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport and is situated on a point overlooking Long Island Sound with the New York skyline in the distance. From this point on 9/11/2001, smoke from the towers was visible to those visiting the park. The Connecticut 9-11 Living Memorial is more "place" than "monument". A combination of granite (representing strength and endurance), as well the surrounding landscape and ocean surround the visitor with the soothing sights and sounds of nature. The focal point is a 9-foot long granite memorial stone which reads,
"The citizens of Connecticut dedicate this living memorial to the thousands of innocent lives lost on September 11, 2001 and to the families who loved them."
The memorial stone is situated so that visitors viewing the stone face the Manhattan skyline visible in the distance on a clear day. There are also four granite benches facing the stone. Behind the stone benches are four trees planted in the four corners of a grass square. As the trees mature, they will provide shade and shelter to visitors.
There were 152 individuals with ties to Connecticut who lost their life on September 11, 2001. As part of the Connecticut 9-11 Living Memorial, there is a small granite stone, measuring seven and one-half inches square, each inscribed with a name in tribute to that individual. View the names as they appear on the Connecticut 9-11 Living Memorial.