Cut short the thread of life...

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

Photographed September 2006.

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.

Photographed September 2006.


Cranston, intersection of Waldron Avenue, Aqueduct Road, and Autumn Street: 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.

Photographed June 2007.

The back of the stone lists the other Rhode Islanders who lost their lives aboard the planes that hit the towers:

In Memorium
September 11, 2001

AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 11

RENEE LUCILLE NEWELL, Cranston, R.I.
CAROL MARIE BOUCHARD, Warwick, R.I.

UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 175

AMY JARRET, North Smithfield, R.I.
KATHRYN LABORIE, Providence, R.I.
SHAWN M. NASSANEY, Pawtucket, R.I.

Photographed June 2007.


East Greenwich Fire Station No. 1, 284 Main Street: I-beam from one of the Twin Towers.

It was reported by RICentral.com in March 2011 that "A three-foot, 100-pound chunk of I-beam believed to have come from one of the Twin Towers may be used as part of a memorial in front of Station 1 on Main Street, East Greenwich." A photo posted by the East Greenwich Town Page on Facebook in 2015 confirms it was received, but no permanent memorial seems to have yet been built (as of late 2018).

Posted to the East Greenwich Town Page on Facebook, September 11, 2015; no photographer credited.


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 small 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

Photographed March 2010.

Photographed March 2010.


Johnston, Memorial Park: Granite memorial.

9-11-01
IN MEMORY OF THOSE LOST
IN THE
TERRORIST ATTACKS
ON THE
WORLD TRADE CENTER
AND
PENTAGON
AND
THE HEROES
OF UNITED FLIGHT 93
MAY FREEDOM ENDURE

DONATED BY METALS RECYCLING LLC
GOD BLESS AMERICA

Photographed February 2012.


Providence, Rhode Island State House: Memorial, unveiled September 11, 2002.

Located in the South Portico, the Peter Diepenbrock-designed memorial consists of nine layers of glass gilded with gold leaf so as to suggest a 3-D representation of the Twin Towers, suspended within a glass and brass case.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
A GREAT PEOPLE HAS BEEN MOVED TO DEFEND A GREAT NATION.
TERRORIST ATTACKS CAN SHAKE THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR BIGGEST BUIDINGS,
BUT THEY CANNOT TOUCH THE FOUNDATION OF AMERICA.
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

Photographed June 20102.


Providence, Waterplace Park: Located in the pedestrian tunnel under Memorial Boulevard, the Wall of Hope, is a permanent display of more than 11,000 ceramic tiles painted by Rhode Islanders "of all ages, races, religions and cultures." The installation was dedicated on September 11, 2002.

Photographed October 2008.

Photographed July 2010.

Photographed July 2010.

By 2016, because of occasional flooding and general exposure to the elements, the structures holding the tiles had begun to rust, so the center panels in the tunnel were removed so that the armatures could be redesigned. They are scheduled to be replaced by the end of 2018.

Until they were removed in 2016, more tiles could be seen adorning the exterior wall of the Providence Journal garage at the corner of Sabin and West Exchange Streets. It was reported in April of that year that the murals would be relocated to the United Way Building at 50 Valley Street in Olneyville. The reason in this case was not because of weather damage, but because the new owners of the Journal building had plans that didn't include the murals.

Additional tiles can be found on the west corners of Sabin and Snow Streets, on the exteriors of the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Providence Civic Center (aka the Dunkin' Donuts Center).

WALL OF HOPE, A RI COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO SEPTEMBER 11TH.
THE TILES YOU SEE HERE ARE PART OF A LARGER MOSAIC CREATED BY MORE
THAN 10,000 RHODE ISLAND RESIDENTS OF ALL AGES,
RACES, RELIGIONS AND CULTURES.
THIS MAGNIFICENT ARTWORK IS A TRIBUTE TO LOVED ONES LOST,
TO THE HEROES OF THE 9-11-01 TRAGEDY AND TO OUR HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

THOUSANDS OF OTHER WALL OF HOPE TILES ARE ON DISPLAY AT THE
PROVIDENCE JOURNAL AND IN WATERPLACE PARK IN DOWNTOWN PROVIDENCE.
THE FINAL HOME FOR THIS INSTALLATION WILL BE THE
HERITAGE HARBOR MUSEUM—SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN 2005.

DEDICATED ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2002.

North wall of the Providence Civic Center. Photographed March 2017.

North wall of the Providence Civic Center. Photographed March 2017.

South wall of the Rhode Island Convention Center. Photographed March 2017.

South wall of the Rhode Island Convention Center. Photographed March 2017.


Warwick, Oakland Beach: Memorial garden consisting of a circle of red bricks with a flag pole at the center, ringed by three sets of dark granite benches and markers, each memorializing one victim of the attacks.

Photographed March 2007.

THIS MEMORIAL GARDEN
IS DEDICATED TO THOSE
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
ON (9-11) SEPT. 11, 2001
DEDICATED 2004

Photographed March 2007.

MY DEAREST CAROL
FOR ALL THE JOY YOU BROUGHT INTO
MY LIFE AND THE MEMORIES I WILL
CHERISH FOREVER. YOU WILL ALWAYS
HOLD A VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART
FOREVER LOVED YOUR HUSBAND

CAROL BOUCHARD

Photographed March 2007.

Photographed March 2007.

IN LOVING MEMORY
MARK L. CHARETTE
FEB. 19, 1963 - SEPT. 11, 2001
DEVOTED HUSBAND
FATHER
SON & BROTHER

MARK L. CHARETTE

Photographed March 2007.

Photographed March 2007.

RENEE TETRAULT NEWELL
CRANSTON, RHODE ISLAND
MARCH 19, 1964 - SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
BELOVED WIFE, DAUGHTER, MOTHER, SISTER, COUSIN
"YOUR SPIRIT WILL LIVE ON IN US FOREVER"
"REST IN PEACE MY DAUGHTER" I MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH.
"MOM"

RENEE TETRAULT NEWELL

Photographed March 2007.

Photographed March 2007.


Westerly, Ocean House: Small granite plaque placed under a flowering tree.

Photographed April 2017.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

Photographed April 2017.


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

This article last edited November 5, 2018

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