From Staff Reports
Several events are scheduled in southern West Virginia today in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon.
At 10 a.m. at Jim Word Memorial Park, the Appalachian Coal Country Team will host Day of Remembrance for residents to reflect on our nation’s most tragic day.
Saint Francis de Sales Monsignor Sam Sacus will lead attendees through a prayer and moment of reflection and the St. Francis will perform.
The Rev. Doc Adkins from First Baptist Church will have a devotional; a moment of silence will be followed by a bell ringing.
After the ceremony, many will caravan to the VA Medical Center entrance to finish the Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative started in July with the Boy Scouts.
At 8 p.m., the annual silent Parade of Lights will depart from the Sophia Food Lion, traveling north on Robert C. Byrd Drive. The parade will turn onto Neville Street in Beckley to pass by the first responder’s memorial at Word Park that is fashioned from a piece of steel from the World Trade Center.
The parade will continue on to North Kanawha, back onto Byrd Drive and on to Linda K. Epling Stadium on Ragland Road.
In Oak Hill, the fourth annual 9/11 Memorial Service at Collins Football Field on Central Avenue will begin at 8:30 p.m. with people walking two laps around the field, two-by-two to signify the twin towers.
A candlelight service and recognition of local first responders who helped at Ground Zero will follow and those who have served in the military will be honored.
At 9:11 p.m., a full minute of silence will honor the victims of 9/11.
Statewide, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered all U.S. and state flags at all state facilities be displayed at half-staff to commemorate Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Gov. Tomblin asks all West Virginians to observe a moment of silence today beginning at 8:46 a.m. to honor the innocent victims who perished 12 years ago.
At 9 a.m., Tomblin will lay a wreath at the West Virginia Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial, on the State Capitol grounds.