City to hold 9/11 memorial service

WARWICK – Mayor Joseph J. Solomon announced today that the City will hold a service to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at a ceremony tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. at the Oakland Beach 9/11 memorial.

The general public is cordially invited to attend. The memorial is located at the Oakland Beach commons, adjacent to the seawall at the end of Oakland Beach Avenue.

The event will begin with a silent march of a military honor guard to the memorial site, followed by a moment of silence. Fr. Robert Marciano, will offer the invocation, and the Pledge of Allegiance will be led by students from St. Kevin’s School. Cheryl Albright will perform the National Anthem, followed by remarks from event organizer Councilwoman Camille Vella-Wilkinson and Mayor Solomon.

Ward 6 Councilwoman Donna Travis, whose district includes Oakland Beach, will offer a history of the 9/11 memorial garden. Judy Cobden, a Ground Zero survivor, will speak, and “9-11, The Aftermath,” as well as the reading of names, a planting of flags, a rendition of “God Bless America” and the playing of “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes will also be part of the ceremony. Fr. Marciano will offer the benediction. The playing of “Taps” by Nathan Cornell will conclude the service.

Members of the Warwick police and fire departments, veterans and active military personnel are taking part in the service.