On September 11, 2001, Ruth McKorth and her 4-year-old daughter, Julia McCormack, boarded a 175 flight from New London to Boeing, United. Their planes were hijacked by terrorists and flown to the North Tower of the World Trade Center, and both were killed.
Twenty years after his tragic death, family and friends gathered to commemorate the mother and son, and all those who died with him, in the magnificent 9/11 Memorial Garden on the grounds of the Liman Ali Art Museum. Attacks.
Mary Bryant McCorm, who married Ruth McCormack, the widow of David McCorm, spoke to her family on Friday. Speaking on behalf of Ruth’s mother, Paula Scott Clifford and Ruth’s brothers, she said it was “very touching” to speak at this year’s commemoration.
The park, a hidden space on the museum grounds, was opened in 2005 by members of the New London Garden Club, the New London Police Department and the New London Fire Department. Members of the police department attended the ceremony on Friday.
“We are honored to have this beautiful and unique place of meditation and peace on our beautiful land,” said Samuel Kugley, director of the museum.
He said family, friends and community members gathered near the garden to remember those who died 20 years ago, both near and far. He asked guests to remember Ruth, Juliana, and all the “innocent victims of that memorable day.”
New London Mayor Michael Pasero has thanked his family for their relationship with New London.
“This garden brings peace and healing,” says Pasero.
“It will be an eternal reminder for generations to learn about the tragedy and the peace we will find in that tragedy,” he said.
On Friday morning, under the blue sky, after the attacks were hung on an Ivy wall near the garden, the American flag carried the names of all those killed in 9/11. Colorful ribbons hung from the trees in the garden. Guests are invited to write memorial and hope messages on ribbons and hang them in a notebook. Memorial ribbons will be displayed throughout the weekend.
Ruth McCartet, 45, was born in Ireland and was a successful businesswoman in Boston at the time of her death. Here, she loved to take care of your garden and renovate her house on Peacock Street.
Julia and McCormack also took dance classes at the museum, where she was a student at the Metal College Learning Center. Former dance teacher Laana Burton accompanied Clifford to the ceremony and remembered young Julian as an “angel.”
She was just like an angel when she was alive, and we know she is now an angel because she is no longer with us. ”
Part of the garden is adorned with Juliana’s magnificent swimming pools, stone frogs, and fairy tales.
“It was made fun of her memories,” said Elaine Donovan, director of learning and engagement at the museum.
As children and families enjoy the memorial site, Ruth hopes to have a gardening and playful spirit, ”said Bryant McCormack on Friday.
We look forward to continuing to celebrate her (Ruth), Juliana, and everyone from Connecticut with 20 years ago. This is where children can learn and dance, we can have tea parties and fairy tales. Bryant McCormack.
Clifford, now in her late 80’s and living in Apple’s famine in Mystic, sat in the front row wearing a sun-yellow coat during the ceremony as she spoke of her daughter’s kindness and compassion and a bright spirit.
During a telephone conversation this week, Brian McCormack described his fallen family as angels: “They are in a good place, they have wings.”
With tears in his eyes, Bryant McCord followed Cleford’s sentiments: All around us. “