Ten Years Later - Connecticut On September 11th

Sep 9, 2011

It was a sunny morning in Connecticut with no hint of the terror to come. When the day turned dark, its shadows stretched across the state in uncountable ways. As the airplanes struck their targets, they started the clock on a new era. Political fortunes rose and fell. Commuters who crossed the border every day woke from numb routine to a keen sense of chance and peril. Journalists wrestled with a story that resisted conventional analysis. Prosecutors and courts redrew the map of justice. Teachers struggled to adapt their notions of history to a moment that shattered the old frameworks. Believers saw their faith shaken... or deepened. Connecticut, a place that prizes steady habits and normalcy, drifted into a new life that differed from the old one in finely grained details, many of them barely noticeable.

This is "Ten Years Later, Connecticut On September 11," a series of reports and interviews on the events of the day and the days that followed.

Otis Library will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “After 9/11” on Friday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the library community room. The panel will discuss what has changed in America, politically and militarily, since September 11, 2001. On the panel is Ray Hackett, Editorial Page Editor for The Bulletin; William Salka, Professor of Political Science at Eastern Connecticut State University; and Captain Glenn M. Sulmasy, Chairman of the Department of Humanities and a Professor of Law at the United States Coast Guard Academy .  The moderator will be Robert Farwell, Executive Director of Otis Library. 

If you would like to submit questions for possible use, e-mail them to bfarwell@otis.lioninc.org.  To reserve your seat for this free program, please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 100.  Otis Library is located at 261 Main Street in Norwich, CT. 

The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut is holding open houses in the following locations from 7pm to 8:30pm on Saturday September 10th 2011 at the following mosques:

  • Bosnian American Islamic Cultural Center - 595 Franklin Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114
  • Bridgeport Islamic Community Center, 525 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605
  • Islamic Association of Greater Hartford - 1781 Berlin Tpke, Berlin, CT 06037
  • Islamic Center of New London, 16 Fort Street, Groton, CT 06340
  • Islamic Society of Western Connecticut, 388 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810
  • Jafaria Association of Connecticut, 1 Meriden Road, Rockfall, Connecticut 06481
  • Muhammad Islamic Center of Greater Hartford – 155 Hungerford Street, Hartford, CT 06105
  • Madina Academy Full Time Islamic School, 519 Palisado Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
  • Abdul-Majid Karim Hasan Islamic Center, 870 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06514
  • Al-Madhani Mosque, 127 Fillow Street, Norwalk, CT 06850
  • Islamic Cultural Center of Stamford, 1558 Washington Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06902
  • Al-Hedaya Islamic Center, 20 Cushing, Stamford, CT

These open houses are being organized as part of the memorial events around 9/11 being coordinated through the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut.

They are also coordinating the 9/11 memorial service at St. Joseph's cathedral in Hartford - themed "United in Peace, Healing with Hope, which will be held on September 11th 2011 from 7pm to 8:30pm. Please visit ctpeacehealinghope.org for further information on this.

Ceremony Honoring Connecticut’s 9-11 First Responders and Volunteers

United States Attorney David Fein, Commissioner of Emergency Services & Public Protection Reuben F. Bradford, and Executive Director of Voices of September 11th Mary Fetchet invite you to attend a ceremony to honor those who responded to lower Manhattan and other locations after the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001, and participated in the recovery and relief efforts in the days that followed. The ceremony will include remarks from Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, United States Attorney David B. Fein, Bonnie McEneaney from Voices of September 11th and New York Police Department Deputy Inspector Andrew Savino.

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Connecticut's 9-11 Living Memorial, SherwoodIsland State Park, Westport, CT.

John G. Rowland will be at the State Library at noon on Thursday, September 15 recalling the events of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath as part of the State Library’s commemoration of the tragic events of that day and the Connecticut State Government’s response. Former state legislator and member of the State Library Board, Allen Hoffman, will discuss with Rowland, who was Governor when the attacks occurred, his thoughts when he first received word of the attacks, the actions he took and his remembrances of the days that followed.

The September 15th program is free and open to the public. It will take place in Memorial Hall at the State Library’s Museum of Connecticut History, 231 Capitol Avenue in Hartford.

September 11, 2001: Connecticut State Government Responds can be viewed in Memorial Hall Monday through Friday 9-4 and Saturdays 9-2 through October. The online exhibit may be viewed anytime at www.cslib.org.