DUNBAR, WV (WOWK) – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams paid their respects to those who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001 and all fallen service heroes at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11 at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetary.
This year marks the 19th anniversary of 9/11, with scaled-back memorial ceremonies also taking place in scaled-back this year in Lower Manhattan, at the Pentagon and at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
“Nineteen years ago, our nation was changed forever by the most devastating domestic attack on America since Pearl Harbor that claimed 2,977 innocent lives. Most Americans can tell you where they were as the entire nation watched first responders and citizens risk their lives without hesitation to save their fellow Americans from the destruction caused by the terrorist attacks. In the aftermath, we came together as a nation, showing we were united, resilient, and courageous in the face of tragedy. Since September 11th, over four million Americans answered the call to serve and 5,000 Americans gave their lives in defense of our nation. The cost of these sacrifices is clear in our memorials like the ones I visited today.U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)
“Today we honor and remember those lost and those who bravely answered the call to serve. As we reflect on this day, I encourage all West Virginians to recommit themselves to service, family, community, and country. We will never forget the innocent lives lost this day and the sacrifices made to protect our nation. May God bless us all and may God bless the United States of America.”U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)
The event is part of the sixth annual Ride for Fallen Service Heroes. Manchin and Williams laid wreaths at 9:37 a.m., marking the time a plane hit the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001.