A small gathering of officials and employees commemorated the terrorist attacks from September 11, 2001 with a small, ceremony at the Municipal lawn on Friday with a larger public gathering organized by the Town's fire fighters later that evening.
After photos of the morning event were posted on social media, some Bethel residents took to social media to complain about the unpublicized morning commemoration ceremony and to ask why no mention of the event was made until after it had taken place.
Reached for comment, First Selectman Knickerbocker explained that the morning ceremony was an unofficial one focused on Town employees. "This is not a formal ceremony," Mr. Knickerbocker said. "It is a tradition that was started by town hall employees many years before I was elected. The staff gathers at the flagpole for a brief moment of silence at 8:46am, the moment the first plane struck the north tower, then they go back to work."