It was a somber morning in Rhode Island as the state gathered to honor the lives lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks 17 years ago.
Bells rang marking the moments of each earth-shattering development of that morning. Bagpipes were played for the seven Rhode Islanders who were killed.
“Taps” played on a bugle for the 30 Rhode Island residents who have been killed fighting the war on terror since that day.
Families of the victims joined state leaders for the ceremony. Of nearly 3,000 people killed, including the hijackers of planes, 11 people from Southern New England were killed in the attacks.
“The bedrock values of America were attacked,” Rep. David Cicilline said. “Daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers were taken from us. It was a moment in our history that really tested our resolve as a nation. From that moment came action.”
“It is our duty and our honor to remember them today and to continue, as Americans, to serve our communities, to serve our country. That is the best way that we can honor their legacy,” Gov. Gina Raimondo added.
Several other ceremonies were held throughout the day in Southern New England, including in Newport, Warwick and Fall River, in remembrance of 9/11.