Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin on Tuesday honored those lost as a result of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
The Tomblins led a statewide moment of silence, placed a wreath at the West Virginia Fallen Firefighters' Memorial and participated in a remembrance ceremony at the West Virginia Capitol. Firefighters, children and state and local leaders were among those who joined the governor and first lady at the morning's events.
"Although 11 years have passed, we still remember that morning - where we were and what we were doing. It was a terrible day, and one I hope this country never faces again," Gov. Tomblin said. "I am grateful for every West Virginian who took time to remember those lost 11 years ago today. Joanne and I pray for all those who were personally touched by those tragic events."
Photo courtesy of Gov. Tomblin’s office
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin join children as they ring the Liberty Bell replica in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, during a ceremony Tuesday.
"Every year on this day, we are reminded of the sacrifices many police officers and firefighters made and continue to make each day," the first lady said. "Words cannot express our gratitude to our first responders and military members who continue to serve and protect our hometowns and our great nation. On this day especially, I encourage all West Virginians to let these individuals know how much we appreciate their selflessness."