On September 11, 2001 — in the immediate aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks — Sherwood Island State Park was designated as the staging area for Connecticut’s rescue assistance.
Tragically, our state’s efforts were never needed. There was no one to rescue.
But the park — nestled between Compo and Burying Hill Beaches, and a spot that cloudless day where smoke from the burning towers was clearly visible — now plays another important role.
It is the site of Connecticut’s official “living 9/11 memorial.” A simple, somber yet elegant stone — and the names of 153 state residents killed that morning — remind visitors of so many lives well lived, ended senselessly far too soon.
Whether or not you knew any of those men and women — some of whom grew up in, or lived in 2001, in Westport — does not matter. Every Westporter owes it to the memory of every American to visit the Sherwood Island 9/11 Living Memorial. (Click here to learn more about it.)