9/11 Anniversary events

PROVIDENCE, RI – Cities, towns and universities across Rhode Island are commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Rhode Island Public Radio has compiled a list, with information, to various events.


Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University is hosting a series of public events to mark and reflect on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

WHEN: Monday, September 12. Both events are open to the public.

DETAILS: Wreath laying ceremony - At 9:15 a.m. RWU will pay tribute to those lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a special wreath laying ceremony. RWU President Donald Farish and Sen. Jack Reed will be giving brief remarks that morning.

DETAILS: At 10:00 a.m. RWU is hosting a very special panel - "Rights, Remedies, and Terrorism: 9/11's Challenge to the Legal System" This is a 30,000 ft view of the impact 9/11 has had on the legal system. Panelists are diverse and will give the local to the national look at 9/11 from the legal perspective.

The list of panelists includes:

The Honorable Jack Reed - R.I. U.S. Senator

Donald Migliori - lawyer, RWU adjunct, who represents the last remaining 9/11 civil case in court. He is also the largest single civil court lawyer for the 9/11 victims and their families.

Peter Neronha - U.S. Attorney for R.I.

Patricia Sullivan - lawyer and former attorney for Guantanamo detainees.

Prof. Peter Marguiles - RWU Law prof., represented Guantanamo detainees, national security law expert.



The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life at Brown University, together with Rhode Island Voices of Faith and other civic and community leaders, will hold two events on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The public is welcome to attend.

At 2 p.m., participants are invited to take part in the ancient practice of walking a spiritual labyrinth that will be inscribed on the College Green. Additional peace-building and wellness activities will also be offered. "Over the centuries many prayer and meditative traditions walked the mandala or labyrinth to deepen contemplative and spiritual understanding to enhance the human capacity for peace," said Janet Cooper Nelson, University chaplain at Brown. "On this anniversary of 9/11, the spiritual communities of Brown welcome walkers of every religious and cultural tradition to walk this labyrinth and to work together to build a more peaceful world."

At 4 p.m., the community will gather for an outdoor multifaith service, "Remembering 9/11 Together: A Rite of Remembrance," on the lawn of Manning Chapel, inside the Van Wickle Gates at the intersection of Prospect and College streets. Beginning with the tolling of the University's bells, the service will include several musical offerings and readings led by the chaplains of the University and clergy from the Rhode Island Voices of Faith, a multifaith collaboration sponsored by the Rhode Island State Council of Churches. Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons will deliver closing remarks.

Ruth J. Simmons, president of Brown University
Janet Cooper Nelson, University chaplain
Clergy from the Rhode Island Voices of Faith.

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011
2-4 p.m. Spiritual labyrinth walking and peace building activities on the College Green
4 p.m. Remembering 9.11 Together: A Rite of Remembrance on the lawn of Manning Chapel



Providence College will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks during a series of events on campus presented as A Week of Prayer and Remembrance.

Five Providence College alumni lost their lives that day when nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York City, Arlington, Va., and Shanksville, Pa. The deceased included David Angell '69 and his wife, Lynn, Michael Berkeley '85, Gertrude Alagero '86, Joseph Corbett '95, and Linda George '96. Two MBA students, Lynn Goodchild and Shawn Nassaney, also were among the deceased. Many other alumni lost family members as well.

Among the commemorations scheduled are several memorial Masses and the dedication of a September 11 memorial plaque.

A schedule is listed below and all events take place on the College's campus at 1 Cunningham Square, Providence:

Sept. 12 - Dedication of the Memorial Plaque (alumni who died), located behind the War Memorial Grotto, 3:00 p.m.
Sept. 12 - Prayer Vigil for the Tenth Anniversary of Sept 11th, St. Dominic Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 12 - Oct. 31 - Opening Gala Reception - Exhibit: Vanishing Point, Reilly Gallery at the Smith Center for the Arts (use Eaton Street gate), 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., An exhibition of photographs by Jason Eskenazi, capturing observers at Ground Zero shortly after the destruction of the World Trade Center.
Sept. 12 - Oct. 7 - Exhibit: Resurrection and Hope: Faith in the Aftermath of 9/11, Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, Weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., An exhibition in picture and print of various stories of hope after the tragedy of 9/11.
Sept. 13 - "Where Was God": Contemporary Thomistic Reflections on the Problem of Evil by Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., President, Aquinas Hall Lounge, 4:00 p.m.



The parents of two local 9/11 victims along with the city's mayor, police and fire chiefs will be among participants taking part in a non-denominational Sept. 11th Memorial Service on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. in St. Teresa Church, 358 Newport Ave.

The Fire and Police Department honor guards and Fire Department Bagpipe Band along with a contingent from the Delaney Council, Knights of Columbus will assemble in a march prior to the service, being held to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy.

Speakers at the service will include Capt. Keith Jackson of the Attleboro Fire Dept. and retired Pawtucket Fire Lt. Robert Howe, who both participated in 9/11 relief efforts, and Mayor Donald R. Grebien. Police Chief Paul King and Fire Chief William Sisson will also participate in the ceremonies.

Also taking part in the service will be Bill and Ellen Goodchild, the parents of Lynn Goodchild, and Patrick and Margaret Nassaney, the parents of Shawn Nassaney. Lynn Goodchild, of Attleboro, and Shawn Nassaney, of Pawtucket were flying together aboard one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. The former County Street bridge spanning Attleboro and Pawtucket was renamed in their honor when it was reopened in July.

Representing military families will be Nicole Foster, whose husband, Army Staff Sgt. Adam Foster, is currently serving in Afghanistan, while Capt. Richard LeMay will represent rescue workers.

The service will include an opening prayer by the Rev. William Shaw, pastor of Union Baptist Church, and a benediction by Fr. Richard Roy, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church, in Attleboro. Other elements of the service will include songs, a lighting of candles and a remembrance for all the victims who died in the 9/11 tragedy.

The memorial service will close with the singing of "Let There Be Peace On Earth." The service is open to the public.



Mayor Scott Avedisian announced today that the city will hold a ceremony to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The event will be held at the city's September 11 memorial park, at the Oakland Beach seawall, on Friday at 10 a.m.

The general public is cordially invited to attend. (The seawall is at the end of Oakland Beach Avenue, which is off of West Shore Road.)

The brief ceremony will include the posting of colors by a Warwick Police/Fire honor guard, the singing of the national anthem, and remarks by Avedisian, who will recognize local victims of the attacks as well as the city's police and fire personnel who have served in the military, particularly since September 11, 2001.

Major General Kevin McBride, adjutant general of the Rhode Island National Guard, will also speak.

The Reverend Robert Marciano, the current chaplain of the Warwick Police Department who served as Chief of Chaplains for the Air National Guard in Washington, DC from 2006 until 2010, will offer an invocation and benediction. Marciano was also the chaplain for the Rhode Island National Guard's 143rd Air Wing at the time of the attacks. Retired General Reginald Centracchio, who led the state's National Guard then, will also participate.

Some family members of victims memorialized at the park have also confirmed their attendance.



Governor Lincoln D. Chafee will host an observance ceremony at the State House this Sunday to mark the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 2001 and honor the memory of those Rhode Islanders whose lives were lost in the attacks.

Governor Lincoln Chafee; Senator Jack Reed; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; Congressman James Langevin; Congressman David Cicilline; Mayor Angel Taveras; Attorney General Peter Kilmartin; Secretary of State Ralph Mollis; Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed; Major General Kevin McBride, Adjutant General; Colonel Steven O'Donnell, Rhode Island State Police

Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.

Southern Steps, Rhode Island State House


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