Click above to watch video from the ceremony, including words from Howard Lasher, First Selectman Pat Llodra and Congregation Adath Israel Rabbi Shaul Praver.
As the sun rose outside Howard Lasher's house on Dodgingtown Road, Newtowners gathered outside the house of Howard Lasher -- a former NYSE employee who lost many colleagues on 9/11 -- to honor the memory of those who died 12 years ago today. In those 12 years, Lasher's flag, painted across a cluster of trees on his property, has become an iconic Newtown symbol.
Speakers included First Selectman Pat Llodra, Police Chief Michael Kehoe, WCSU President James Schmotter and WCSU Honors Program director Dr. Christopher Kukk. Flag artist David Merrill spoke about creating the project and protecting it from a year of hurricanes, blizzards and vandals.
Katherine Korman of Congregation Adath Israel read the poem "We Remember," and the Newtown High School Choir performed the National Anthem and a selection of other numbers.