WVU Parkersburg held its annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 11 in remembrance of the events of 9/11 and to honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces and as first responders.
This year’s ceremony was led by Vice President for Student Services Anthony Underwood with opening remarks from the WVU Parkersburg President, Dr. Fletcher Lamkin.
The Veterans Corps raised the colors, while additional members of the organization rang the college bell sixteen times, with each ring counting the total years since 9/11.
Director of Student Financial Assistance Heather Skidmore sang the National Anthem and closed the ceremony with a group singing of America the Beautiful.
Mara Boggs spoke on behalf of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, presenting a letter from the senator and a personal testimony accounting how 9/11 affected her as a major for the 82nd Airborne in the United States Army. Boggs served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq while her husband and sister served as well.
Boggs’s speech closed with words from Sandy Dahl, wife of flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, “If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”