WOONSOCKET – Carrying on a tradition that they started in 2001, members of the United Veterans Council of Woonsocket and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a remembrance ceremony today marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America.
The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. at the Korean War/Vietnam War Memorial at Ship’s Square on Worrell Street. Invited guests include Woonsocket Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, state Rep. Lisa Baldelli Hunt (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket), state Rep. Stephen M. Casey (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket), state Sen. Marc A. Cote (D- Dist. 24, Woonsocket, North Smithfield) and Woonsocket Fire Capt. Steven R. Reilly.
The event will also be attended by Boy Scout Troop 2 in Cumberland and Boy Scout Troop 59 in Blackstone.
United Veterans Council of Woonsocket member Joseph L. B. Nadeau will be the master of ceremonies.
The ceremony will include a 36-by 36-foot mural that tells the story of the events that transpired on Sept. 11 and a replica of the Twin Towers to be placed on the monument.
“We do this every Sept. 11 to pay respect and never forget all of those who lost their lives on that day,” said Richard Schatz, president, United Veterans Council of Woonsocket.
Woonsocket firefighters at the department’s four fire stations will also be observing a respectful moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.
Veterans groups, first responders and municipal officials from around the Blackstone Valley will mark 9/11 with special services and tributes today. Here is a roundup of the planned observances, arranged by community.
Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee today will call for a voluntary statewide moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.
“It is with great sadness that we prepare to mark the twelfth anniversary of the September 11 attacks,” Chafee said. “To honor that day’s many victims, from Rhode Island, across the country, and around the world, I ask that Rhode Islanders observe a respectful moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.”
“September 11, 2001, was a tragedy on every scale imaginable, and it is my hope that on its upcoming anniversary we are all able to engage in silent remembrance of those who were lost,” Chafee said.
North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Services Fire Chief Joel D. Jillson and his men will raise and lower the flag to half-staff in memory of those who lost their lives, including 343 firefighters.
The brief ceremony, which is open to the public, takes place at 9 a.m. at Station 2, located at 675 St. Paul St., and will include the ringing of the last alarm, the raising and lowering of the flag and firefighters bereavement flag, and a collective salute.
The Limerock Fire Department in Lincoln will conduct a wreath-laying ceremony at 9 a.m. at the station, 20 Twin River Road. Lincoln Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond will attend along with Limerock Fire Chief Frank M. Sylvester, Assistant Fire Chief Arthur Jacques, members of the Town Council, and representatives of the town’s other fire departments.
Cumberland municipal employees will be observing a respectful moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.
Pawtucket City Hall employees and the Pawtucket Fire Department will observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.
The Bellingham Fire Department will ring the station bell and assemble outside the station at 8:46 a.m.
The 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks will also be remembered at a solemn ceremony at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport. The remembrance ceremony will be held at noon at the Patriots Memorial, located on campus at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport.
The ceremony will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and will feature a wreath laying, music by Navy Band Northeast, and remarks by U.S. Naval War College President Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., a native of Burrillville, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. William Bestermann and U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Donald Thieme.