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Governor Marks 13th Anniversary of 9/11


A light rain fell on the Capitol complex as the governor laid a wreath at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial. From there, he led a procession across the complex to ring the ceremonial bell in the North Plaza.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was joined by members of the National Guard and first responders at the state Capitol Thursday to honor the 13 anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

After the ceremony, the governor, who was then the Senate President, said he was in Charleston the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, preparing to lead the Senate into a special session.

“I was in the hotel. I remember tying my tie and flipping through the channels and the first plane had hit the World Trade Center, one of the towers. So, I continued to get ready, I came to the Capitol here and we were watching television upstairs before the session started. That’s’ when I remember the first tower starting to crumble and fall down. You know, it kind of sticks in your mind.”

Tomblin said Thursday was a time for West Virginians to remember those who lost their lives, the first responders and their families.