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The Times
  • 9/11 victims memorialized during Newport ceremony

  • Members of the community gathered at the Newport Fire House on Tuesday evening to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    Toward the end of the Patriot Day 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony, candles were passed out to those in attendance and were lit to memorialize the victims in the attacks and their families.

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  • Members of the community gathered at the Newport Fire House on Tuesday evening to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
    Toward the end of the Patriot Day 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony, candles were passed out to those in attendance and were lit to memorialize the victims in the attacks and their families.
    “Let’s honor their memory. Help make all of us peacemakers at home ... through the country and across the world,” said Father William Gorman, of St. John’s Church, during the benediction. “May we spread peace like a flowing river.”
    Newport Fire Chief John Butler said he was grateful to see such a strong community turnout at the event. “Thank-you for keeping your obligation to never forget by attending this ceremony,” he said, asking everyone also remember the emergency responders who lost their lives that day.
    American Legion Post no. 1524 Commander Leslie F. Crossett said the events of the Sept. 11 attacks were like that of Pearl Harbor. “We said we’d never forget. My question is, have we,” he said.
    Crossett said besides the victims, the families that are still scarred from the attacks must also be remembered, though maybe some of the anger that was felt that day is starting to fade.
    “Let it be said on this Patriot Day that we shall never forget,” he said.
    The ceremony started with the traditional “striking of four fives” by Newport Assistant Fire Chief David Jones. The five bell tolls are rung four times, which signified to those in the community during the 19th century that a firefighter had died while in the line of duty.
    The guest speaker was Air Force Technical Sgt. Adam Kujawski, who works at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome. He gave a presentation about how the events of Sept. 11 affected the way the nation’s air space is defended.
    A wreath-laying ceremony also took place to remember the 11 major conflicts the United States has been involved throughout its history, which also included the tolling of the bell 11 times.
    After the candlelight ceremony, there was a 21-gun salute and a playing of Taps by Emily Esty.
    Those active in the military and their families were recognized for their service and sacrifice during the ceremony. A reception took place at the fire house after the event.
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