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North Canaan remembers 9/11

NORTH CANAAN — At 8:46 a.m.on Monday, Sept. 11, “Taps” was played over a loudspeaker at the firehouse in North Canaan, followed by the voice of Clarence Dubay of East Canaan reading the names of the dead from hijacked American Airlines Flight 11.

It was the moment on Sept. 11, 2001 that Flight 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.

This year’s ceremony, marking the 22nd anniversary of 9/11, was held in the Canaan Fire Company firehouse due to a poor weather forecast.

In previous years the First Litchfield Artillery Regiment has set up a cannon in front of St. Joseph Church.

The cannon is fired at 8:46 a.m., at 9:03 a.m., when United Airlines flight 175 hit the South Tower, at 9:37 a.m., when American Airlines flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, at 9:59 a.m., when the South Tower collapsed,  and at 10:03 a.m., when United Airlines flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after the passengers fought back against the hijackers.

But because of the weather, “Taps” was substituted for the cannon.

Inside the firehouse were displays, including a timeline of the events of 9/11, background on the history of the World Trade Center and the subsequent rebuilding.

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