RI Marks 17th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

Sep 11, 2018

On September 11, 2001, a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks against the U.S. killed nearly 3,000 people. 

On Tuesday, the Naval War College in Newport will honor those killed in the 9/11 attacks, paying special tribute to three students and eight alumni killed in the Pentagon.

The remembrance will include a wreath laying at the school’s Patriots Memorial, which consists of a section of limestone removed from a damaged area of the Pentagon engraved with the 11 victims’ names.

Professor John Jackson heads the college’s 9/11 Committee. He sais he’s pleased to see how many international students participate in the event.

"The events that have transpired since 9/11 have not just affected the United States, but affected all of our allies. So, it’s always nice to see them there recognizing that this is a global war on terror and it continues to this day," Jackson said. 

Also, he said family members of one of the most senior officers killed in the attack, Navy Captain Gerald DeConto, will attend. 

"They have come here to the college every year since 2002 to see us recognize their son, their brother for the sacrifice that he made for his country," he said.

Jackson said due to the weather, the ceremony will be held indoors and is open to all.

9/11 Remeberance Ceremonies 

  • North Scituate-- Governor Gina Raimondo will join U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse at a ceremony hosted by the Rhode Island State Police. 
  • Newport-- Naval War College will hold a wreath laying ceremony paying special tribute to students and almni killed in the Pentagon. 
  • Warwick-- The city will hold a ceremony at the Oakland Beach 9/11 Memorial which will include a history of the 9/11 memorial garden
  • New Bedford-- A memorial exercise by the Fire Department at the New Bedofrd Firefighters Memorial. 
  • Fall River-- The Rite of Reflection Ceremony will be at the 9/11 Memorial site at Battleship Cover, which will include a release of doves and a 21-gun salute. 
  • Dartmouth-- The Fire Department will hold a moment of silence along with a flag lowering and bell ringing.