Many Rhode Islanders marked the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks at a ceremony at the statehouse today.
On hand were elected officials, members of the state’s police and fire units, as well as victims’ family members. Pat Nassaney, the father of Shawn Nassaney, who died on United Airlines Flight 175, which struck the south tower of the World Trade Center, addressed the crowd.
“Each one of us who have lost loved ones, think of those loved ones daily, regardless of how we lost them. And the first reaction in their memories is one of horror, of sadness, but what we wish for you is a gentle transition to when you think of them, the first thing you think of is their loving smiling faces," said Nassaney.
Other events took place across the state to honor those lost in the attacks. Governor Lincoln Chafee invited Rhode Islanders to observe a moment of silence at the moment of the first attack. Rhode Island flags are flying at half-staff on public buildings.
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