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Victim's Brother Joins New Canaan In Remembering 9/11 In Annual Ceremony

New Canaan firefighter Michael Tiani saluting during the 9/11 memorial event in front of New Canaan Town Hall Friday morning. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski speaking during the 9/11 memorial event Friday morning in front of New Canaan Town Hall. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Chris Cleary quietly stood in memory of his brother, Kevin Cleary, and others who died on the Sept. 11 during a memorial ceremony Friday morning in New Canaan on the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

"As difficult as the day is, you want to keep the day and the memories fresh in everybody's minds," he said with his son Timmy, 9, beside him. "Even though Timmy wasn't born when it happened, it is very important that not only for those that witnessed and experienced it first-hand but also to teach those that had not been around and keep it fresh in their minds as well."

Kevin Cleary, a Scarsdale, N.Y., resident died at the World Trade Center, where he was a bond trader for Euro Brokers.

Chris Cleary joined others in front of New Canaan's Town Hall for the ceremony that remembered all of the victims, including three New Canaan residents, Joe Coppo, Brad Fetchet and Eamon McEneaney, who died that day.

Firefighter Michael Tiani, who has served as a firefighter for 27 years, said he remembers the sacrifices of firefighters, police, emergency service workers and the families of the victims.

"The loss to the families and like Selectman (Robert) Mallozzi said, the 15 years they should have had with these people that they didn't," he said.

Tiani also said there an anger that remains against the terrorists who perpetrated the attack.

"I also feel some anger — anger toward the people who did it. We are supposed to be human beings, better to people and better to each other, and then these things don't happen," he said.

Many more 9/11 anniversary events will be held this weekend in Fairfield County. Click here for a list of events from the Daily Voice.

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