Rhode Island holds ceremony in remembrance of 9/11 terror attacks

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee and state leaders held a ceremony in remembrance of the September 11th terrorist attacks on Monday.

The community gathered at the State House in recognition of 22 years since the deadliest terror attack in the country.

The ceremony was also attended by family and friends of the nine Rhode Islanders who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, including Pat Nassaney, the father of Shawn Nassaney, who reflected on his son’s, and the other families’ lives.

“We remember the candlelight ceremonies, we remember the children finger painting on tiles,” Nassaney said. “Where would these loved ones be today? What would they have accomplished today?”

McKee and Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos issued a joint statement ahead of the anniversary:

On this 22nd anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, we honor the treasured memories of those lost and the lasting legacy of bravery and heroism shown by every day Americans who leapt into action to save the lives of strangers. As Rhode Islanders, and as Americans, we remain committed to honoring their memory and standing with them as one.

While we saw fear, concern, and panic on that morning – and in the days and weeks that followed – we also witnessed inspiring acts of bravery and heroism that showed the very best of America, from first responders who ran into the burning buildings, to everyday Americans who banded together to lend a hand.

On this day, we also thank the courageous men and women of our Armed Forces, whose valor protected our nation. They are the true definition of heroes, and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we know we can never truly repay that debt.

We stand behind the families of the nine Rhode Islanders lost on 9/11 and our state’s Gold Star families to support them as they grieve.

Flags will be at half-staff at all state facilities and buildings on Monday.

McKee also asked the public to lower their flags out of respect.

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