Greenwich honors those who died in terror attacks

The father of a former Greenwich resident who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was "touched" that First Selectman Peter Tesei tapped him to lay the official wreath at a ceremony Friday honoring Greenwich residents who died on that day.

Ralph Sabbag joined Tesei in placing the wreath at a memorial in the Town Hall Meeting Room. The ceremony is traditionally held outside Town Hall, but Friday's rain pushed the event indoors.

Even so, about 125 attended the 36-minute ceremony.

"It was a good feeling. I was touched he (Tesei) asked me to lay the wreath," Sabbag, 70, said after the event. "That was a classy thing for him to do."

Controversy erupted last month when a planned 9/11 memorial on Great Captains Island to residents who died in the terrorist attacks didn't include some with Greenwich ties, such as Sabbag's son Jason. Ultimately, it was decided the memorial would include those with town ties who were not living in Greenwich at the time.

Tesei said he decided to choose Sabbag to lay the wreath because he wanted him to know the town honored his son.

Ralph Sabbag, whose son was 26 when he died, said the controversy is finished for him, adding that it's important to join with others in remembering the victims.

Tesei said the pain felt by the families of those who lost loved ones is shared by all.

"The loss we feel is immeasurable and will never go away," he said. "We are here for them and comfort them in their sorrow and join with them in resolve to never forget them."

Many, including Brendan Cummins, 11, and Chase Cummins, 8, nephews of Brian Cummins, 38, who died in the attack, laid flowers at a flag-draped memorial.

Also in attendance at the event were state Sen. L. Scott Frantz, state Reps. Lile Gibbons and Fred Camillo, and with Selectmen Lin Lavery and Peter Crumbine.