Play music, walk on the beach. I won't be far from reach.
There are a large number of memorials honoring the September 11th victims in the shoreline towns bordering Long Island Sound. East of New Haven and Port Jefferson however, they become less frequent as the grip of Manhattan begins to loosen, and the loss from that day is more indirect.
An exception to this is the Josh Piver Memorial located at Stonington Point. It is a simple, stone bench with a few words inscribed, quietly looking out on the water towards Sandy Point and Little Narragansett Bay.
I did not know this young man, but I often feel as if I did. We had many things in common: like me, he loved the water; he spent his summer vacations working in boatyards; and he attended the University Of Vermont.
Josh was working in One World Trade Center (north tower) on the morning of September 11, 2001. He was just 24 years old.
The Josh Piver Foundation was established by his friends to honor his memory.
One Mom's Lifesong: Honoring Josh Piver
Cantor Fitzgerald Tribute: Joshua Piver
New York Times: Portraits In Grief
Soundbounder: Looking West (September 11, 2009)
New York Times: September 11, Yet Nothing Stops The Tides
CT Coastal Access Guide: Stonington Point