9/11 ceremonies are at rec center Tuesday

Lives lost during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will be remembered next Tuesday, Sept. 11, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the town’s 9/11 memorial — a sculpture with a beam of twisted steel from the World Trade Center as its centerpiece — on the grounds of the town Recreation Center at 195 Danbury Road.

The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, took almost 3,000 lives, including some 400 first responders from New York police and fire departments.

The lives lost at the World Trade Center included at least five Ridgefielders or people with close Ridgefield connections: Tyler Ugolyn, a 1997 Ridgefield High School graduate who’d just started work at the World Trade Center (WTC); Joseph Heller, a Ridgefielder and father of four who worked in the WTC; Robert Higley, husband and son-in-law of Ridgefielders, who also worked in the WTC; John Williamson, son of a Ridgefielder who served with the New York City Fire Department; and Christopher Blackwell, a New York City firefighter who’d worked out of the Ridgefield firehouse. Three former Ridgefielders — Bud and Dee Flagg and Barbara Edwards — were killed in the plane that crashed into the Pentagon in Washington D.C. as part of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.