Rhode Islanders reflect on 9/11 attacks at local remembrance ceremonies

By John Krinjak

Email: jkrinjak@abc6.com

Twitter: @johnkrinjakABC6

NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. (WLNE) — Families of Rhode Island victims of 9/11 attended a ceremony at State Police Headquarters in North Scituate Monday morning.

Four bells tolled to commemorate each plane that crashed, as victims’ families helped mark 16 years since that fateful September morning.

"These memories are painful, sad and may still make some of us angry, even after 16 years," said State Police Superintendent Col. Ann Assumpico.

"The families who are here today and the families who perished on 9-11 and in the military actions that followed know better than any of our words could say how that was the worst day we have ever seen," said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

But out of unthinkable tragedy came unity, with many here hoping to see a return to that post-9/11 spirit.

"It was one of the darkest days in our history but it also revealed the extraordinary strength of our country," said Rep. David Cicilline. 

"In the days after 9/11 we came together as a nation. And the soul of America is strongest when we come together and we’re united," said Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Patrick Nassaney’s son Shawn was on the plane that crashed into the World Trade Center’s South Tower. He had a message for today’s young people born after 9/11.

"What do we teach, what do we tell the post-9/11 children? What we tell them is that they’re precious and that we cherish them," said Nassaney.

Meanwhile, in East Greenwich, New England Technical Institute held a remembrance ceremony.

Students paid special honor to the first responders who gave their lives saving others.

There were inspirational readings as well as a wreath laying.

© WLNE-TV / ABC6 2017