Kent memorializes Gadiel, fellow 9/11 victims
A memorial to the victims of 9/11 was unveiled Sept. 11, 13 years to the day, at Kent Town Hall.
A large granite stone with engraved brass plaque was conceived by Peter Gadiel, whose son James, 23, lost his life in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York.
The plaque reads "In memoriam" to the approximately 3,000 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.
"It was a long time coming," said Susi Williams, the Kent selectwoman who had 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."
Peter Gadiel wants to make sure no one forgets what happened that day.
When he first requested the plaque in 2009, there had been some disagreement between him and the town's selectmen over what the wording should be on the plaque.
During the ceremony, a story written by James Gadiel as a fifth-grade student at Kent Center School was read.
Williams read former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's signed mission statement given by Bloomberg during the dedication of the 9/11 memorial in New York.
"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."