9/11 memorial ceremony held at state park

(WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)

WESTPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– As their names were read aloud, their memories from 15 years ago came back crystal clear.

Thursday afternoon hundreds packed into Sherwood Island State Park in Westport to remember the 161 people from Connecticut lost on September 11, 2001. Elizabeth Bullies-Wiese is from Fairfield and misses her sister every day.

“My sister was on Flight 11. She was a flight attendant and she died that day,” said Bullies-Wiese.

A lot of the families coming to the ceremony say time does not heal the wounds, but it does broaden their perspective.

Sean Schielke died in the towers, his family came to put flowers on his stone. Kenneth Schielke says he is not only remembering their son Sean, but they’re also remembering all the people here as well as all the lives that were affected by that one single day.

“We are reflecting on the people that suffered with this on 9/11. The workers afterwords that died because of illnesses and sicknesses. The aftermath of the troops that people lost. They are all family just like us,” said Schielke.

On September 11, 2001 smoke could be seen coming from the Twin Towers from the memorial spot on Sherwood Island State Park. And whether it is children who weren’t even born yet, or a survivor who was at the towers that day, many people, 15 years later, still are asking why.

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