9-11 Memorials   1 comment

Cut short the thread of life…

The attacks of September 11, 2001 are often compared to Pearl Harbor, but we’re unaware of any Pearl Harbor memorials in Rhode Island, while there are several 9-11 memorials. Here is a list of the ones we know of.

Block Island, North Lighthouse: Two granite benches. “IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO PERISHED ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. We WILL NEVER FORGET.” “Sit AND ENJOY A FRIENDSHIP SHARED, A LAUGH, A KISS, FOR THESE ARE THE THINGS I DEARLY MISS. DEREK O. SWORD, NOVEMBER 30, 1972 – SEPTEMBER 11, 2001.”

Cranston, Waldron Avenue: Stone memorial. “This memorial is dedicated to the memory of Renee Newell, loving wife and mother, who lost her life in the tragedy of September 11th which claimed so many lives and wounded the soul of every American.” The back of the stone lists the other Rhode Islanders who lost their lives aboard the planes that hit the towers: Carol Marie Bouchard, Amy Jarret, Kathryn LaBourie and Shawn M. Nassaney.

East Providence, Freedom Green, intersection of North Broadway, Roger Williams Avenue and Centre Street: Pocket park, Dedicated November 11, 2002. In addition to quotes from Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and George W. Bush, there’s a bench with a plaque “IN MEMORY OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS ON AMERICA. VICTIM CAROL (DELLEFEMINE) BOUCHARD. WORLD TRADE CENTER — FLIGHT #11. 9-11-01, LEST WE NEVER FORGET.”

Providence, Waterplace Park: Wall of Hope, a permanent display of thousands of ceramic tiles painted by Rhode Islanders “of all ages, races, religions and cultures.” The installation was dedicated on September 11, 2002.

More tiles can be seen adorning the exterior wall of the Providence Journal garage at the corner of Sabin and West Exchange Streets.

Are you aware of any other 9-11 memorials in Rhode Island? Drop us a line at stuffie@quahog.org

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Posted September 10, 2011 by stuffiex in Attractions, Facts & Folklore, Graves, History

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  1. Amy Jarret is a direct descendant of Edmund Rice! Believe it or not, Amy is the extremely distant cousin of Howard Douglas Rice, best known as radio actor, Uncle Don Carney!

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