Never Forget - 9/11/01 - A Changed World

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Never Forget - 9/11/01 - A Changed World


Warwick will host a memorial service at Oakland Beach in Warwick to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on this, the 18th anniversary of a day that changed the world.

“The distance of 18 years has not diminished the sting we still feel from the events of 9/11,” said Warwick Rep. Vella-Wilkinson, who announced the event. “Events such as these serve to bring us closer together as we honor those who fell; and it reminds us of the work we still need to do to combat terrorism around the globe.”

The event will begin at 10:15 a.m., led by military veterans. There will be a call for a moment of silence at 10:28, when the first tower fell. The Rev. Robert Marciano, pastor of St. Kevin Church in Warwick, will offer the invocation and benediction. After remarks by Warwick Mayor Joseph J. Solomon Sr., there will be a reading of the names, placement of flags; recitation of the 9-11 tribute poem and Taps at the sea wall where the Warwick 9-11 monument is located.

A candlelight vigil will take place on the same day at the same location at sunset. Participants are urged to bring a candle to be lighted at the vigil.

The toll

World Trade Center Tower #2 collapsed to the ground at 9:59 am, less than an hour after being hit, and World Trade Center Tower #1 followed at 10:28 am, causing massive damage to the rest of the seven building complex and nearby buildings. The overall 9/11 death toll was 2,983. As of August 2013, another 1,140 people who were in the immediate area were diagnosed with cancer; over 1,400 rescue workers have since died. 10,000 first responders and others who were at Ground Zero have developed cancer. The average age of the dead in New York City was 40. 11 pregnancies were lost. The youngest victim was 18, and the oldest was 79.


Victims with ties to Rhode Island:

  • Shawn M. Nassaney, 25, of Pawtucket was a sales manager at American Power Conversion. He graduated from Bryant College in 1998 cum laude with a marketing degree. Massey also ran cross country at Bryant.
  • Amy Jarret, 28, of North Smithfield was a flight attendant for United Airlines Flight 175. She went to school at Villanova University.
  • David Angell, 55, of West Barrington was a successful television executive. He was an executive producer on NBC's Emmy-winning series Frasier. He also worked on the shows Cheers and Wings. Angell graduated Providence College.
  • Lynn Goodchild, 25, of Attleboro graduated Bryant College in 1998. She was a plan administrator for Putnam Investments. Goodchild and her boyfriend, Shawn Nassaney, were on their way to Hawaii.
  • Carol Bouchard, 43, of Warwick, was an emergency room secretary at Kent County Memorial Hospital. She was on American Airlines Flight 11 on her way to a vacation in Las Vegas.
  • James E. Hayden, 47, of Westford, Massachusetts, originally a native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island was an executive at Netegrity Inc. in Waltham, Mass. Hayden graduated from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts.
  • Rev. Francis Edward Grogan, 76, was a pastor at St. Stanislaus Church, in Fall River, Massachusetts. He was a World War II veteran. Grogan was flying on United Flight 175 to visit his sister.

There were also be a live remembrance on Facebook Live, beginning at 8:40am today, 9/11 - go here: