This September 11th marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. The Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation along with Firefighter Benjamin Racho will be raising funds for the maintenance of the Connecticut 9/11 Living Memorial. The memorial is in Westport, CT at the Sherwood Island State Park. Firefighter Racho will be participating in the annual Kiwanis Triathlon at Compo Beach on Sept. 11. During the run portion of the event, he will be wearing his full firefighting gear with air pack. Please consider making a donation to our Charitable Foundation so that we can make sure that the 9/11 Living Memorial will be maintained and cared for. 100% of your donations will be donated to the fund that will help to keep this memorial maintained for many years to come.
Donations can be made using the link below or you may send a check to “WUFCF”, Westport Fire HQ, 515 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880. Please note “9/11 Memorial” in the memo.
Thank you so much for your support.
- Prior to September 11, 2001 the twin towers of the World Trade Center were visible from Sherwood Island. On September 11, 2001 and for several days following, smoke from the former World Trade Center was visible from this location. Although never activated, the Governor’s office and the Office of Emergency Management mobilized to establish a staging area at the park to be used for support to New York City after the tragedy.
- When the viewer faces the inscription on the memorial stone they are oriented across the Sound to the site of the former World Trade Center in New York City. The inscription 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 was dedicated during ceremonies in September 2002.
- One hundred fifty-three individual memorial names, flanking the main memorial stone, were installed and dedicated during ceremonies in September 2003.