The state’s 9/11 Living Memorial features a dark granite monument inscribed with a dedication on its northeast face reading “The citizens of Connecticut dedicate this living memorial to the thousands of innocent lives lost on September 11, 2001 and to the families who loved them.”
The memorial is in the Sherwood Point section of the park, overlooking Long Island Sound on a small section of land extending beyond the park’s beaches.
The northwest and southeast sections of the memorial are lined with two rows of granite markers bearing the names of 152 residents who died in the attacks. Visitors have placed sea shells, flowers and other mementos on many of the markers.
Four benches stand to the northeast of the large granite monument, and the area around the memorial features gravel pathways and shrubbery to create a peaceful area for quiet reflection.
Standing in front of the granite monument, viewers face southwest toward Manhattan and the former site of the World Trade Center. On a clear day, the Twin Towers were visible, and on Sept. 11, smoke from the fallen towers could be seen from the location of the memorial.