Rhode Islanders who died on 9/11 honored across the state

EXETER, R.I. (WLNE) – The names of those Rhode Islanders lost 19 years ago on September 11 echoed through the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetary.

“David Lawrence Angell. Lynn Edwards Angell. Carol Marie Bouchard. Mark Lawrence Charette. James Edward Hayden. Amy Nicole Jarret. Kathryn L. Labroie. Shawn M. Nassaney. Renee Tetreault Newell. Jessica Leigh Sachs.

This year due to COVID-19, the ceremony was limited to 15 people with social distancing and masks, but the sentiment remained the same… to never forget.

“It was a complete shock,” Bill Pannoyer said. “I don’t think anyone could have anticipated an event such as that.”

Pannoyer with American Legion organized this memorial. He said even though the couldn’t hold the event as they normally do, he wanted to find a way to still have it in person.

“This is a day to remember,” Pannoyer said. “Just take a few minutes, sit back and remember what happened.”

At the Statehouse, officials held a virtual ceremony, marking the tragic moments by ringing four bells.

While this year, families of the lost Rhode Islanders couldn’t attend the ceremony due to the coronavirus, the Governor says today is still a reminder of the strength our nation has.

“Right now, we are experiencing another crisis, a pandemic,” Governor Gina Raimondo said. “We will rebuild. We rebuilt after September 11 and we will rebuild now post-coronavirus. The way we will do that is by coming together as a nation.”

There are several ceremonies happening Friday to honor those lost on 9/11. To view those, click here: https://www.abc6.com/9-11-events-memorializing-those-lost/

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