Kent to memorialize 9/11 victims
Published 12:28 pm, Wednesday, September 10, 2014
A memorial to the victims of 9/11 will be unveiled Thursday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m., 13 years to the day at Kent Town Hall .
The plaque reads "In memoriam" to the 2,997 people killed by Islamist extremists.
Among them was the younger Gadiel, a lifelong Kent resident.
The memorial is placed to the side of the front door of Kent Town Hall. Gadiel asked not to be contacted for a story.
"It was a long time coming," said Suzi Williams, the Kent selectwoman who helped write the plaque's verse. "Peter and I started working on the wording months ago. He is very grateful to the town for doing this."
James Gadiel was working as an assistant trader at Cantor Fitzgerald Securities in the north tower of the trade center the day of the attack.
Peter Gadiel wants to assure no one forgets what happened that day. When he first requested the plaque in 2009, there some disagreement between him and the town's selectmen over what the wording should be on the plaque.
That has now been resolved.
"It's long overdue," said First Selectman Bruce Adams. "The Board of Selectmen are glad to be able to put this together. The Parks & Recreation director (Lesly Ferris) will read a piece that James wrote as a fifth-grade student at Kent Center School. And Suzi Williams will read a piece."
Williams chose to read former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's signed Mission Statement that was read by Bloomberg during the dedication of the 9/11 memorial in New York City.
"Remember and honor the men, women and children murdered by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001," Williams read from the piece. "Respect this place made sacred through tragic loss."