Veterans groups, first responders and civic officials from around the Valley will mark 9/11 with special Masses, prayer services and tributes on Sunday. Here is a roundup of the planned observances, arranged by the community.
— The Major Walter Gatchell VFW Post 306 will conduct a ceremony at the post home, 171 Fountain Street, Pawtucket, Sunday at 11 a.m. Coffee and pastry will be served.
— In honor of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the Pawtucket Red Sox is offering one free general admission ticket to active military members, firefighters and police officers for the PawSox’ home playoff game on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Any fan who arrives at the McCoy Stadium box office on Sept. 11 with an active duty military ID, an active reserve military ID, a fire badge or a police badge will receive the free ticket for Sunday’s semifinal playoff game. As an added treat, all fans at Sunday’s game will be welcomed onto the field to run the bases at the conclusion of the game.
— The parents of two local 9/11 victims along with Mayor Donald Grebien, Police Chief William Sisson and Police Chief Paul King will be among the participants in a non-denominational memorial service Sunday at 2 p.m. in St. Teresa Church, 358 Newport Ave. The Fire Department Bagpipers, police and fire honor guards and a contingent from the Delaney Council K of C will assemble in a march prior to the service.
Speakers include Capt. Keith Jackson of the Attleboro Fire Department and Pawtucket Fire Lt. Robert Howe, both of whom participated in 9/11 relief efforts. Participants also include the parents of Lynn Goodchild and Shawn Nassaney, companions who were killed aboard one of the jetliners that crashed into the World Trade Center.
The service will include an opening prayer by the Rev. William Shaw, pastor of Union Baptist Church, and a benediction by Fr. Richard Roy, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church, in Attleboro.
— A memorial service will be held at St. Joseph’s Veterans Hall at 10:30 a.m., followed by a collation. The event is co-sponsored by the United Veterans Council, Post 11519 VFW and the St. Joseph’s Veterans Association. State Commander of the VFW Melvin Defoe, the city’s Veterans Advisor, and Gen. Brian Goodwin, assistant adjutant of the RI National Guard, will be among the guest speakers. Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and other dignitaries have been invited to attend.
— Woonsocket firefighters are holding a memorial service at Station 2 on Cumberland Hill Road. All on-duty and off-duty personnel will gather in full dress uniform at 8:30 a.m. to lower the American flag to half-staff and play “Taps” at 8:46 – the exact time the first plane struck the World Trade Center 10 years ago. The Firemen’s Relief Association will then present a wreath in front of memorial at the station and stand silent for 3 minutes and 43 seconds to represent the 343 firefighters who lost their lives that day.
— The Holbrook Bell at the historic Chepachet Meeting House (home of the Free Will Baptist Church), 1213 Putnam Pike, will toll in memory of the victims of 9/11 at 9 a.m. For more info on this event, call 568-5894 or 232-1115.
— The Most Reverend Bishop Ernest B. Boland will celebrate a Tenth Anniversary Mass at St. Eugene’s Church, 1251 Putnam Pike, Chepachet on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. in honor of those lost on 9/11 and to pay tribute to those who continue to serve and protect in police, fire and military positions. They and their families are invited as special guests. Public safety and military attendees, kindly wear uniforms.
— All are welcome to attend a flag raising ceremony following the Mass at Town Line Farm, Rt. 100, Chepachet, to memorialize victims of 9/11.
— The Free Will Baptist Church, 1213 Putnam Pike, will hold a remembrance service Sunday at 2:30 p.m. In addition to prayers and scripture, the service will feature the singing of the National Anthem and other patriotic songs. Pastor Steve Crosby and Pastor Emeritus Jeff Brook Stewart preside over the event, which will end with a rendition of Taps. First-responders and members of military are encouraged to attend.
— The North Smithfield police and fire departments will host a Ten Year Anniversary Commemoration of 9/11 at Fire Station #1, 675 St. Paul Street, Sunday at 11 a.m. Among invited guests will be North Smithfield Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton, Town Council President Edward Yazbak, State Sen. John Tassoni, State Rep. Brian Newberry, local clergy, honor guards and pipers. Cumberland-born national recording artist Kelley Lennon will perform a variety of songs. A collation will follow. All North Smithfield residents are cordially invited.
— St. James Church invites the community to join them in a call to forgiveness, healing and peace.
In this time of post-9/11, we join many parishes around the country and designate September 11 a day of prayer and reflection.
We invite you to begin the day by attending Mass at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
Saint James Church will remain open all day for prayer and quiet reflection.
In the evening, at 7 o’clock, we will gather together for a solemn prayer service in remembrance of those who lost their lives on that tragic day.
We respectfully extend a special invitation to all members of the United States armed forces, veterans, members of the American Legion Post, firefighters, police officers and all medical first-responders; we further invite them to attend in full uniform.