The morning of September 11, 2001, began like any other. Many of Middletown's residents arrived at the train station or ferry in order to make their way to work in Manhattan. Just a few short hours later, our small town would be forever changed as America experienced one of the worst attacks in the history of our country.
As the Twin Towers were hit, and ultimately collapsed, thousands of people arrived at our docks seeking safety, as our first responders tended to the scared and injured, and even rushed to the city to assist with the rescue operation. Many of us watched from the beach as the towers fell, saw the smoke filling the sky and even felt the ashes raining down on our town.
It soon became clear that 37 of our family, friends and neighbors would not be coming home. Many of their cars sat empty in the train station parking lot as a harrowing reminder, as our town struggled to come to grips with such a devastating loss. Our home of Middletown suffered the largest loss of life of any town outside of Manhattan.
The days and weeks - and even months - following the attack were surreal and heartbreaking, but somehow, amongst all the fear and sadness, the people of Middletown came together to support the families whose lives had changed forever. Our town has even lost first responder, Joe Capriotti, to 9/11 illness.
We vowed to Never Forget.
Now, as we approach the 20 year anniversary of 9/11, we are renewing our promise to our neighbors by adding to and enhancing the beautiful memorial we built so many years ago. But, we need your help. Please show your support for our community by donating to our WTC Memorial Fund Drive.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we are working to beautify our town's WTC Memorial. Additions to our walkway honoring the neighbors we lost, will include new landscaping and lighting, a walkway of personalized bricks, a first responder/military memorial, a memorial for those, including Joe Capriotti, whom we have lost to 9/11 illness, and a beautiful Fountain of Hope - which will include relics from the World Trade Center.
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