At approximately 8:45 a.m. on September 11, 2001 I was home chatting on the phone with then State Senator Bill Finch. It was one of those did-you-see-what-I-just-saw conversations. At first neither of us, like most of the rest of the world, really knew what was going on. It was freaky watching CNN, the jet slicing into the World Trade Center. And we were still on the phone as one of the towers cratered. Bill’s boys were both teens and at that moment you think about the things that matter. It was time for dad to check in with his kids. From Mayor Finch:
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Mayor Bill Finch today asked the Bridgeport community to remain vigilant and assist in the fight against terrorism by reporting any suspicious activity to the Terrorism Tips Hotline at 1.866.457.8477. All calls will remain confidential.
“The memory of the September 11, 2001 attacks will forever be etched in our minds, but we must remain aware that terrorists and violent extremists may view this anniversary as an opportunity to make their presence known in our midst once again,” said Mayor Finch. “I urge everyone to stay alert, and ‘if you see something, say something,’ report it to the Terrorism Hotline and help us continue to make Bridgeport the safest city in Connecticut.”
City emergency personnel will be closely monitoring bridges, bus terminals, train stations and our ports and other critical facility locations within the City to ensure safety.
“Our emergency personnel worked closely with federal agencies during the Faisal Shahzad arrest to ensure our residents remained safe, and I’m confident we will do so again in light of any threat to our area” said Mayor Finch. Shahzad, a Pakistani American, was convicted in the attempted May 2010 Times Square bombing case.
U.S. officials are urging Americans to go about their business as usual during the Sept. 11 weekend, but to be alert after federal authorities sent out a warning late Thursday regarding a ‘specific, credible’ threat targeting New York and Washington, according to news reports.
In honor of the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy the following observances and events will be held in Bridgeport this weekend:
• The 10th Annual CT United Ride – “CT’s largest 9/11 event ceremony” – kicks off in Norwalk on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8 a.m.. Hundreds of motorcyclists will travel 60 miles through Fairfield County, ending at West Beach in Seaside Park, Bridgeport. Greet the riders along the route, or come to Seaside Park to welcome them at the end of the ride. All motorcyclists are welcome.
Pre-registration is Saturday, Sept. 10 at Captain’s Cove Marina 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday September 10, 2011.
• 10 a.m., Diocesan Blue Mass at St. Augustine’s Cathedral – honoring all men and women who serve in police, fire and emergency responder roles.
• 4 p.m., CT Fallen Heroes Foundation 9/11 10th anniversary commemoration at Captain’s Cove Seaport, Bridgeport – Local, state and federal dignitaries including Mayor Finch and Lieut. Gov. Nancy Wyman will join hundreds of guests in remembering those who gave their life to defend their country since 9/11.
“I encourage everyone in our City to take time to reflect on what September 11 means for all of us,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “On this anniversary, I’d like to send my support and encouragement to everyone in our City, and across our country, whose lives were touched by the events of that day. While September 11 may be one of the worst tragedies in recent history, it also serves as a reminder of the spirit and resiliency of our nation.”