New Canaan Marks Anniversary of 9/11 with Memorial Ceremony on Front Lawn of Town Hall

Robin Gestal, vice president of the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, was in midtown Manhattan on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. A safe distance from the World Trade Center, she made it home to her family that same day. Here, officials alerted New Canaan’s emergency medial service that it needed personnel in New York City. “Our EMTs gathered at headquarters,” Gestal recalled on Monday morning, addressing a crowd of residents, police, fellow EMTs, town officials and municipal workers gathered on the front lawn of Town Hall for New Canaan’s annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony.

VIDEO: New Canaan Remembers, Honors Those Lost on 9/11

9 11 Memorial Ceremony New Canaan Sept 9 2016
Uploaded by Michael Dinan on 2016-09-09. For New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski, a town resident, father and U.S. Marines veteran, no words or ceremony could replace the losses that our nation suffered in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. What we can do, Krolikowski told those gathered in front of Town Hall on a hot and humid Friday morning, is “reflect, and honor each day those we have lost—and we must never forget.”

“The most fitting ceremony for the lives lost on September 11 is not etched on the memorial across the street,” Krolikowski said during a solemn memorial ceremony honoring those lost on 9/11, referring to a 16-foot section of steel column from the core section of World Trade Center Tower One on the 99thfloor—just above the impact point of United flight 175—that stands outside the New Canaan Firehouse. “And is not the ceremony today, but it is etched in our hearts as we enjoy the freedom that was made possible by the grave sacrifice of the many lives that have been lost from September 11th forward.

New Canaan Marks 9/11 with Solemn Service Honoring Those Lost and All Emergency Responders

New Canaan’s Kelly Daniel was living in London in September 2001, and on the 11th of that month she sat down to watch TV with her visiting parents after a day of sightseeing in the English capital. For Daniel, now an EMT and president of the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, what appeared on the news changed her life. “No more riding the Underground,” Daniel recalled Thursday morning before about 100 fellow residents, town officials and members of the New Canaan Police and Fire Departments as well as Volunteer Ambulance Corps gathered out front of the New Canaan Police Department. “We became vigilant in train stations and avoided large crowds and gatherings. Within our family, we created a code word and a plan of where to meet if a terrorist attack occurred where we were living.

New Canaan 9/11 Memorial Ceremony Set for 9:59 a.m. Thursday at NCPD

NCPD Police Week Memorial Ceremony
New Canaan on Thursday at 9:59 a.m.—the exact time that the first of the World Trade Center towers, the South Tower, fell during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks—will hold a memorial ceremony honoring those lost during the tragedy. The ceremony will be held outside the New Canaan Police Department, town officials say. Emergency responders participating in the ceremony will include the New Canaan Police Department Honor Guard and other members of the police, New Canaan Fire Department and New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps. St.