Local 9/11 Remembrances

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)— Today marks 17 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Several ceremonies are being held throughout the state Tuesday to observe the anniversary.


Elected officials, representatives from local, state and federal law enforcement and the fire service, and family members of the victims are expected to attend a remembrance at 8:30 Tuesday morning. It will be held at State Police Headquarters located at 311 Danielson Pike in North Scituate. Speakers at this year’s event will include Governor Gina M. Raimondo, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Colonel Assumpico.

The Remembrance Ceremony honors those Rhode Islanders who died on American Airlines Flight No. 11 and United Airlines Flight No. 175, which struck the World Trade Center Towers, American Airlines Flight No. 77, which struck the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania.  Rhode Islanders who served in the United States Armed Forces and were killed while serving in the war on terror since September 11, 2001 are also being honored.


A Rite of Reflection ceremony will take place at Battleship Cove in Fall River on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. It will take place at Battleship Cove’s 9/11 Memorial site

The ceremony will conclude with a release of doves and a 21-gun salute from onboard the USS Massachusetts. The guest speaker will be Rev. Lyndon Harris, a priest in charge of Saint Paul’s Chapel, located directly across the street from the World Trade Center. After the attacks, he initiated a rescue mission to serve the critical needs of first responders.


The Providence Fire Department, Local 799, will hold their annual 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony Tuesday, September 11th at 8:45 a.m. at the PFD memorial adjacent to the 325 Washington Street station.


Members of the nation’s armed forces of South County and surrounding communities will be conducting a ceremony at 9 AM, Tuesday, September 11 at the Wall of Honor on the grounds of the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter for the purpose of paying homage to those lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The event will see the presentation of the colors, times for prayer, the laying of a memorial wreath along with the “Ringing of the Four Fives”- a series of bell strikes that signifies the loss of a firefighter on duty.  Members of the Rhode island Funeral Honors Team are slated to fire a rifle salute and perform “TAPS”.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will still go forward at the nearby columbarium.


New Bedfrd will remember 9/11 with a memorial exercise by the New Bedford Fire Department to commemorate the event with a ceremony at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, at the New Bedford Firefighters Memorial, located outside the Francis J. Lawler Branch Library at 745 Rockdale Avenue.

The ceremony will formally and promptly commence at 9:50 a.m., when fire apparatus and available personnel will assemble in front of their respective stations throughout the city, observing a moment of silence at 10 a.m. Precisely at 10:05 a.m., the Fire Department signal room will announce over the department’s radio channel the collapse of the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Fire Department Chaplain Rev. Robert Oliveira of the Holy Name of the Sacred Heart Church will make a short address over the radio, followed by City officials, before the announcement to return to service.


The city of Warwick will hold a service to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 beginning at 10:15 at the Oakland Beach 9/11 Memorial.

The event will begin with a silent march of a military honor guard to the memorial site, followed by a moment of silence. Fr. Robert Marciano, will offer the invocation, and the Pledge of Allegiance will be led by students from St. Kevin’s School. Cheryl Albright will perform the National Anthem, followed by remarks from event organizer Councilwoman Camille Vella-Wilkinson and Mayor Solomon.

A history of the 9/11 memorial garden will be offered. Judy Cobden, a Ground Zero survivor, will speak, and “9-11, The Aftermath,” as well as the reading of names, a planting of flags, a rendition of “God Bless America” and the playing of “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes will also be part of the ceremony. Fr. Marciano will offer the benediction. The playing of “Taps” by Nathan Cornell will conclude the service.


U.S. Naval War College (NWC) will hold a remembrance ceremony to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The event will be at noon, Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Patriots Memorial on NWC campus.

The ceremony will honor those killed in the attacks and pay special tribute to the three NWC students and eight alumni killed in the Pentagon 17 years ago.

Remarks will be given by NWC President Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley and NWC professor John Jackson, chairman of the 9/11 Memorial Committee and a retired Navy captain.

The remembrance will include a wreath laying at the memorial and a bell-ringing ceremony conducted by the Newport-area chief petty officer selectees. Family members of Navy Capt. Gerald DeConto, one of the most senior naval officers killed in the attack, will participate in the memorial ceremony as they have every year since 2002.


The City of Woonsocket will hold a brief ceremony in honor of the 17th anniversary of 9/11.

The event will take place at Woonsocket Fire Department Headquarters, Cumberland Hill Road at 2 o’clock p.m. The public is invited to attend.