POINT PLEASANT — “We must never forget those men and women,” Brian Billings, mayor of Point Pleasant said at Friday’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony held at Riverfront Park.
Each year, the ceremony is organized by the AMVETS Post 2 Ladies Auxiliary.
Billings spoke in front of a piece of twisted steel from the World Trade Center that normally rests in the City of Point Pleasant Municipal Building. In addition to remembering the nearly 3,000 killed in the attacks, Billings asked those to remember people who were injured, saying there were 71,000 survivors, with 33,000 having more than two injuries from that day and 22,000 with one injury as a result of the attacks.
“We must not forget those who still survive today,” Billings said.
Buddy Randolph then led a prayer, asking those gathered to “never forget” those “citizens and heroes.”
The event’s keynote speaker was Mason County Sheriff Greg Powers, who said he was asked to speak about being a police officer. Powers was speaking at a time when officers are the targets of unprecedented attacks and premeditated homicides.
Powers read a commentary from Paul Harvey about being a police officer. Some of the monologue included the following: The police officer must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman. And, of course, he’ll have to be a genius, for he’ll have to do it on a policeman’s salary.”
Powers added: “These guys don’t do it for the money, they do it because that’s what they do. I’m really proud of my guys.”
Deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department Color Guard presented the colors during Friday’s ceremony.
The ceremony also included a moment in which Point Pleasant Fire Chief Jeremy Bryant and Lt. Shawn Ross, of the Point Pleasant Police Department, placed ribbons on a special wreath for first responders, firefighters and law enforcement.
The ceremony was closed by the releasing of several black balloons.
Helping with the event was WBYG which earlier in the day presented a special on-air 9/11 tribute. That tribute is available for purchase for $5 at the station will all proceeds going towards the local Coats for Kids charity.
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