Danbury residents lined Main Street under the early evening sun to share personal remembrances of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 18 years ago.

Among the VIPs participating in the annual remembrance program at the September 11 memorial in downtown Danbury were the daughters of New Fairfield’s Robert Higley — one of nearly 3,000 people who were killed when terrorist-piloted planes slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pa.

The city’s emergency responders stood at attention during solemn parts of the ceremony, which included a rifle salute and the playing of taps.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Tom Saadi, the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, spoke with hope about the unifying power of the national tragedy.