RI to Mark 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with Ceremonies, Fundraisers

There will be a variety of events, from memorial ceremonies to a fundraising sailboat race.

The Providence Journal


Rhode Island will mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks with a variety of events, from memorial ceremonies to a fundraising sailboat race.

Here’s a list:

East Providence: 11 a.m. Friday. East Providence City Hall, 145 Taunton Avenue.

The ceremony will include remarks by public safety members and city officials, a wreath laying and “Taps.”

Exeter: 9 a.m. Saturday. Wall of Honor, Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 301 South County Trail.

The Marine Corps League and American Legion will hold a ceremony to pay homage to those lost in the attacks and to salute those combating worldwide terrorism.

It will feature a presentation of the colors, times for prayer and “Ringing the Four Fives,” which is a series of bell strikes that signifies the loss of a firefighter in the line of duty. It will also include the citing of Rhode Islanders who were lost.

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Middletown: 8 a.m. Saturday, Second Beach.

AmpSurf will hold a memorial paddle-out and surfing clinic.

Narragansett: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Gazebo Park.

Gathering of Remembrance.

Newport: Sailboat race around Conanicut Island to support charity and mark the 20th anniversary of Sail for Pride.

The annual event was founded 20 years ago in the weeks after attacks and, in its first year, raised more than $100,00 to support 9/11 nonprofit organizations.

Funds will go to The Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Warrior Sailing, and The Timothy J. Mills’ Financial Aid Fund at Sail Newport to receive donations from the event and fundraiser.

See Sail for Pride’s website for registration and further information. Power boats are also invited to cruise around the island.

North Kingstown: 9 a.m. Saturday, North Kingstown Town Beach, 10 Beach Street.

VFW Post 152 encourages people to attend the open-air ceremony to honor the first responders who gave their lives, the veterans who have served in the wars that followed, and those who engage in charitable service. It will be conducted in the morning to coincide with a bell ringing at 09:58 when the first tower fell.

“Our goal is to commemorate the lives of those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Virginia and those who perished when the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania,” the Post said in an announcement. “We want to emphasize the importance of unity within our country and community and pay tribute to the heroes who continue to serve today, domestically and abroad.”

VFW POST 152 is also hosting a virtual 5K run (Runners make their own course) to help commemorate the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. All proceeds will go to a veteran service organization or a local first responder community charity.

Runners can register at RaceWire.com. Race shirts can be picked up at Saturday’s ceremony or Thursday and Friday at Yes Gallery in Wickford Village, 17 Brown Street, North Kingstown.

Pawtucket: 8 a.m. Saturday. Pawtucket Country Club, 920 Armistice Blvd.

Club owners and members will recognize 9/11 in a ceremony before their annual member/member tournament.

Mayor Donald R. Grebien will officiate and speak at a ceremony recognizing the nine Rhode Islanders who died in the attacks. Grebien will read each of the names, which will be followed by the tolling of the bell by PGA Professional Michael Gelinas.

The Pawtucket Police Honor Guard, led by Maj. Michael Kane, will fire a three-round volley in honor of those who died. “Taps” will be played by Timothy O’Toole, bugler from Bugles Across America.

Warwick: 10:28 a.m. (to commemorate the time of the second tower collapse) Saturday. Memorial Garden at the Oakland Beach Seawall.

Memorial service to remember the victims of the attacks. Warwick Mayor Frank J. Picozzi will speak, as will Scott Avedisian, who was mayor at the time of the attacks. Warwick School Committee Chairwoman Judy Cobden, a 9/11 Ground Zero survivor, will also speak. The Bishop Hendricken High School Chorus has been invited to sing.

Warwick: 1 p.m. Warwick Memorial Post VFW 272, West Shore Road.

Rededication of post in honor of Sgt. Adam S. DeCiccio, an Army veteran from Rhode Island who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The event will include a celebration of DeCiccio’s life and a block party afterward. Free parking available at St. Benedict Church, 135 Beach Ave.

Woonsocket: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Woonsocket Fire Department, 5 Cumberland Hill Road.

A memorial service will feature remarks from city officials. An honor guard of the Woonsocket police and fire departments will attend. Local clergy will give the invocation and benediction and lead a moment of silence.

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