Woonsocket to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with Memorial Observance


Woonsocket, R.I.: Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced today that the City of Woonsocket will mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 with a memorial observance. The observance will take place on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Woonsocket Fire Department Headquarters at 5 Cumberland Hill Road beginning at 8:30 a.m. All City residents and visitors are invited to attend.


Mayor Baldelli-Hunt stated, "The terrorist attacks on 9/11 that killed nearly three thousand innocent people will always remain etched in our memories because of the horrific nature and devastating consequences of the attacks but also because of the way that it unified our grieving nation and ultimately made us stronger as a community." The Mayor added, "We will also never forget the selfless acts of bravery and sacrifice on that day from those who came to the aid of others, many of whom either lost their lives or their health in doing so."

Fire Chief Paul Shatraw emphasized, "The events of 9/11 have impacted Public Safety like none other in America’s history. Firefighters and police willingly ran into areas with horrendous conditions that others were trying to escape from. Many made the ultimate sacrifice on that day and the days following to rescue others, and we will always remember their heroism."

The memorial observance will feature remarks from City officials and an Honor Guard from the Woonsocket Police and Fire Departments. Local clergy members will give the invocation and benediction and lead a moment of silence.



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