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Patriot Day observance Sept. 11

NORTH CANAAN — The annual Patriot Day observances will be held on Sept. 11 outside St. Joseph’s Church in North Canaan, beginning with quiet prayer at midnight on Friday, Sept. 10, and ending shortly after midnight on Sept. 11.

There are no speeches or entertainment. These 24 hours are spent in quiet, for the most part. At appropriate moments, bells will toll, bagpipes will play.

Special observances will be offered at 8 a.m., 8:46 a.m. (when American Airlines flight 11 was flown into the North Tower) and 9:03 a.m. (when United Airlines flight 175 was flown into the South Tower). 

At 9:13 a.m. volunteers will begin reading aloud the names of each person killed in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Special observances will continue at 9:37 a.m. (when American Airlines flight 77 was flown into the Pentagon), 9:59 a.m., the time of the collapse of the South Tower, 10:03 a.m. (when United Airlines flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pa.)  and 10:28 a.m. the time of the collapse of the North Tower.

The reading of the names will be finished in the early afternoon and then there will be a pause to reflect. Next, volunteers will read the name of each soldier who fought and died in service to, the United States of America since that day. That list has grown to 7,000 names. 

At 7:08 p.m., taps will be played and at 9 p.m. the flag will be lowered. The reading of names will then be moved to the vestibule of the church, concluding sometime after 11 p.m. There will be a closing prayer at midnight. 

For additional information, email Nick DeAngelis at patriotday1@comcast.net.

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