Victims' names added to 9/11 memorial
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) -- Richard DelleFemine lost his sister, Carol Bouchard of Warwick, in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
When he and other surviving family members first saw the Rhode Island 9/11 memorial at the State House in 2002, they were stunned to see their loved ones were not listed.
"It's been a quest ever since then to do this, to get this done," said DelleFemine, of East Providence.
The memorial's creator, artist Peter Diepenbrock, says the project's quick turnaround time is one reason why names weren't included.
But he says he sees why some families were upset.
"I totally understand it," said Diepenbrock. "Memorials are about remembering people, not just events."
Families continued to advocate for a change, and just last year the legislature directed the department of administration to add the names of the Rhode Islanders killed.
"It's a shame that it has to come to that," said DelleFemine. "This is the right thing. It's long overdue."
Diepenbrock says he was pleased to include the names in his work.
"I think it's a good thing," said the artist. "It brings it home that we had friends that we lost."
DelleFemine says it provides a sense of closure.
"Now that those names are there, it personalizes it, with every family that is touched by it," he said. "And they'll be remembered forever and ever, and for people to come in the future."
DelleFemine adds that his family goes into schools every September 11th to help students understand the personal impact of the terrorist attacks.