9-11 memorial ceremonies planned for region

PARKERSBURG – A number of programs are being held Wednesday to mark the 12th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Students at Parkersburg High School will hold a Sept. 11 memorial at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in remembrance of the lives lost to the terrorist attacks in 2001, which occurred in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

The ceremony has become an annual event for the school and a way to honor the memories of those lost during the Sept. 11 attacks.

Among those was Parkersburg native Mary Lou Hague, a 1992 Parkersburg High School graduate, who was working as a research analyst on the 89th floor in Tower 2 of the World Trade Center when terrorists flew a plane into the building.

Wednesday’s ceremony will be held at the flag pole in front of the school and is sponsored by the Parkersburg High School Student Council. Students can begin gathering at 7 a.m. and the horseshoe will be closed to vehicle traffic at 7:20 a.m., re-opening after the ceremony.

Organizers said local police and emergency departments have been invited to attend. In past years, the Parkersburg Fire Department has hung a large flag from its ladder truck and is also scheduled to bring its antique fire engine to Wednesday’s program where it will ring a bell for fallen firefighters.

At Franklin Elementary Center on Division Street in south Parkersburg, the Marine Corps League Wood County Detachment 1087 will hold a flag demonstration and presentation at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the school.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg will hold its annual Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the college’s main entrance, said college marketing director Katie Wootton.

The main speaker for this year’s ceremony will be Chief Joe Martin of the Parkersburg Police Department, along with college President Marie Foster Gnage and student government representatives. The ceremony will include music and a bell ringing.

In the event of rain, the program will be held in the college’s multi-purpose room.

In Marietta, the AmeriCorps Ohio College guides and V.I.S.T.A. members at Washington State Community College will hold a memorial service at 10 a.m. Wednesday in honor of National Day of Service and Remembrance, at the college at 710 Colegate Drive.

Residents, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the flag-raising service at the flag pole at the main entrance. Donations of comfort items for active-duty soldiers will be collected at the memorial service and throughout this week, through Friday.

To learn more about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov. For more information, or to make a donation, contact Heather Saling at hsaling@wscc.edu or (740) 374-8716.

In Jackson County, the Ripley Baptist Temple will hold its 12th annual “Ripley Remembers 9-11” memorial service at noon Wednesday on the lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse in Ripley.

The program will include a flag ceremony, a rifle salute, patriotic music, prayer, the playing of taps and other activities with local veteran, military and emergency service groups. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Ripley Baptist Temple Auditorium at the corner of Third Avenue and Charleston Drive in Ripley.

For more information, call the Ripley Baptist Temple at 304-372-3413 or email RipleyBaptistTemple@frontier.com.