Avon Police Officer Susan Kassey reads her original 9/11 poem at the Avon Volunteer Fire Department's memorial service on September 11, 2013 on the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Credit: Jessie Sawyer
After learning of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, Avon Police Officer Susan Kassey wrote a 9/11 tribute poem that year in honor of the New York firefighters and police officers who responded to Ground Zero.
"It hits home so close. New York is right next to us," Kassey previously told Patch regarding 9/11. "It hit me in the heart."
She read the poem in 2002 in Hartford, backed by the Sweet Adelines on vocals, and did so again at the Avon Volunteer Fire Department's 9/11 memorial service Wednesday on the 12th anniversary. Kassey has done so every year since the 10th anniversary a couple years ago.
"We need to hold onto our kindred spirit/ and camaraderie,/ as we shall all meet again/ in eternity./It is the perfect September day always to mourn,/ 9/11/01," Kassey wrote in the last phrase of her poem.
Watch the full reading of the poem in the attached video.