The bright and sunny Tuesday, Sept. 11, held many memories for so many people.
Uppermost in most minds was the 9/11 national tragedy. In Rhode Island, Primary Day was significant for newcomers to, and veterans of, the political process.
However, for Newport and the family and friends of Teddy Oliveira, this date will always have a special meaning—the memorial service for this young man who was loved by so many.
What I found particularly striking about the huge number of young folks in attendance was their solemn demeanor, respectful silence, and heartfelt comments. The Rogers High School students who came together to show their love for young Teddy were so kind and compassionate with each other. Their teachers and counselors continue to work such wonders with our young people—a fact which so many of us know and speak of continually.
That our educators and students all came together for this ritual is but one fine example of what community is all about.