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Greenwich Residents Hope It Never Happens Again

GREENWICH, Conn. – As Greenwich residents mark the 10th  anniversary of 9/11 and reflect on the past decade, many look forward with hope for a more peaceful future.

Phyllis Maguire said she tried her best to explain to her then 6-year-old daughter, Kim, what happened that day without scaring her. Now 16, Kim grew up in a post-9/11 world and said that although she doesn’t remember much about the day, she does remember her mother and teacher trying to make sense of it. “Now I’m older and I just hope nothing like this ever happens again,” she said.

“My two girls are my hopes for the next 10 years,” said Maguire. “I hope they can change the world, because I don’t see change happening anytime soon.”

Diane Rasweiler’s brother was in one of the twin towers on Sept. 11 and didn’t make it out. “A lot of good people were lost that day,” said Rasweiler. “My hope is that people get that they have to be kind and work together for the common good.”

Lori Jackson is friends with the Greenwich family of Jason “Jasi” Sabbag, who was a 26 year old assistant vice president at Fiduciary Trust when he died on Sept. 11. “It’s been a tough 10 years,” said Jackson. “My hope is the world becomes a friendlier place and we all remain safe.”

At a Friday evening ceremony at Glenville Firehouse to dedicate a new 9/11 memorial , the speaker, former FDNY member Joe Higgins, said Americans should never let their guard down. “These people are out for us. They’re murderers and they’re not going to rest, so we are not going to rest,” he said.

Selectman Drew Marzullo said he took Higgins’ words to heart. “When it comes to safety, I think we do need to be vigilant,” Marzullo said. “I hope and pray that nothing like this ever happens again.”

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