Community remembers 9/11 victims, including local ones

The Navy on Wednesday honored those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, at an event at the Submarine Force Library & Museum.

The southeastern Connecticut Navy community commemorated the 18th anniversary of those events with a flag retirement ceremony at the Submarine Force Library & Museum at 1 Crystal Lake Road, Groton. The ceremony was led by the prospective chief petty officers of the Groton Area Chief Petty Officers Association.

Simultaneously, churches and faith institutions across New London rang their bells at 8:46 a.m., marking the moment the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Out of the 65 Connecticut residents who died in the attacks, local victims include New London native Jim Tobin, Josh Piver of Stonington and James A. Greenleaf Jr. of Waterford, as well as New London residents Ruth McCourt and her 4-year-old daughter Juliana, who have since been memorialized in various ways throughout the Whaling City, including most recently a memorial stone honoring Juliana placed at the McCourt Sept. 11 Garden at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum.

The McCourts were passengers on United Airlines flight 175, which crashed into the World Trade Center's south tower at 9:03 a.m. while the two were headed on a trip to Disneyland.

Editor's Note: This version corrects the day the event was held.

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