MASON COUNTY — Saturday, Sept. 12 is no ordinary day — it’s Heroes Day.
For the last three years, Heroes Day has been celebrated in Sistersville, but now celebrating that day has gone statewide to honor, and thank, current first responders and remember those responders killed and injured during the attacks of 9/11.
The proclamation signed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin states:
“Whereas, because firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical services workers are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it is fitting to set aside a day to honor their dedication to their communities and their state; and
Whereas, those volunteers and professionals make numerous sacrifices and give up valuable time and energy to ensure that they are properly trained and knowledgeable within their volunteer and professional lives; and
Whereas, firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical services workers must frequently leave family, friends and the safety of their surroundings to save a life, protect property and prevent disasters from spreading; and
Whereas, to honor those men and women who bravely answered the call on September 11, 2001, we recognize the men and women who serve today throughout the great State of West Virginia by proclaiming the second Saturday of September as Heroes Day.”
House Resolution 16 was adopted during this year’s regular session of the West Virginia Legislature and Gov. Tomblin signed his proclamation Aug. 17. The Rev. Bill Dawson, of Sistersville, and a volunteer firefighter, is credited with the idea of getting the celebration to go state-wide.
As the years have passed since the terrorist attacks on America, many children are growing up without a first-hand knowledge of that day and the sacrifices of those who died, as well as those who were injured. There is a new generation who can’t say where they were on Sept. 11, 2001 because they had yet to arrive.
This is the first year for Heroes Day to go statewide and Sistersville, where it all started, planned four days of events.