Beyond words: Kent agrees on honor for 9/11 victim

Associated Press

KENT, Conn. — The words will be set in stone, so Kent took some time to agree on how best to honor a town resident killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11.

A ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Town Hall to dedicate a memorial, a stone with a plaque on it dedicated to James Gadiel. The 23-year-old Gadiel died in the World Trade Center.

The Republican-American reports that the marker honors the nearly 3,000 victims, singling out Gadiel, a lifelong Kent resident. The memorial honors him as a “gentleman and a gentle man.”

Establishing a memorial was snagged on a disagreement over how to word it.

Gadiel’s father, Peter Gadiel, asked that the memorial say victims were “murdered by Muslim terrorists.” Selectmen did not agree.

The memorial instead refers to “Islamist extremists.”

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