POINT PLEASANT — The community of Point Pleasant gathered around their emergency service agencies Monday in remembrance of September 11, 2001.
Organized by the Ladies Auxiliary of AMVETS Post #2 of Point Pleasant, members of the Point Pleasant Police Department, Point Pleasant Fire Department, Mason County 911 and Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Mason County Emergency Services and Mason County Sheriff’s Department gathered at the Riverfront Park to remember the tragedy that happened 16 years ago.
“What can we hold close to us as time passes? We can hold to community service,” said Joe Veith, police chief in Point Pleasant who spoke at the event.
Veith recalled where he was and his initial thoughts on the morning of 9/11, sharing a similar thought he believes emergency personnel in New York City had: “Oh this is bad.”
“Many of the fireman and police officers that day ran into danger, knowing that it was bad,” said Veith. “We want to honor the fallen with our service,” stated Veith, encouraging those in attendance to commit to serving each other and their community. “The best we can do to honor the memory of the fallen is to serve one another.”
Veith recalled after 9/11 the American Flag was being flown everywhere, displaying the unity of the country.
“We need to return to that kind of unity, or have we forgotten that in the time since?” asked Veith.
The Mason Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard presented the flags of the United States of America and state of West Virginia. Representatives from EMS, law enforcement, and the fire department honored the memory of their fallen counterparts on 9/11 by pinning ribbons on a wreath. The Pledge of Allegiance was also said aloud by everyone, as was the National Anthem.
To conclude the ceremony, those in attendance released black balloons into the air honoring those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
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