SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island State Police hosted a ceremony to honor the lives lost 17 years ago in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Tuesday's ceremony featured bells and moments of silence marking when each plane crashed. It also included a bagpipe performance to honor the seven Rhode Island residents who died that day.

A state police detective sang the national anthem, and "Taps" was performed to honor the 30 Rhode Islanders who were killed in the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Those in attendance included Matt Newell whose mother, Renee Tetreault Newell, was on the flight that crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Newell tells the Providence Journal that Tuesday's events gave him "peace of mind that there is still unity."