Community members gathered outside Live Oaks School in Milford on Wednesday morning to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
Students from the school, who never lived but now learn about the frightening attack on American soil, sang The Star-Spangled Banner.
Firefighters erected a large American flag from a fire truck that billowed in the wind.
During the ceremony, they rang a bell three times, for the three men who died in the attack. Seth Morris, Avnish Patel and Michael Miller all grew up in Milford.
State Representative Kathy Kennedy took a few moments to talk about each of them.
Seth Morris attended Mathewson Elementary School. He graduated from the University of New Haven and worked at Cantor Fitzgerald. He was married with three small children, according to Kennedy.
“He was a kind, caring individual, he was very involved in his children’s lives,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy went on to say that Morris was in New York City when the World Trade Center bombing happened in February 1993. “Seth by himself carried a young pregnant woman from that garage to safety. He truly was a remarkable young man.”
Avnish Patel attended Live Oaks School. He was just 29 years old while working as a financial analyst.
Michael Miller attended Live Oaks School. He became a star football player in high school and went on to play football in college. He was also working at Cantor Fitzgerald according to Kennedy.
“Michael had a smile that could light up this entire room but the entire universe to me,” Kennedy said.
During the ceremony local elected officials spoke about where they were when the planes crashed into The World Trade Center and how we must remember to teach our youth about that fateful day.