Eric Douglas Published

Limited 9/11 Memorials Continue In 2020


Updated at 7:15 p.m.

This year marks the 19th anniversary of the terror attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. on Sept. 11, 2001 that killed nearly 3,000 people.

To remember the day, communities in Nicholas, Putnam, Kanawha and Raleigh counties are having live events despite concerns about the coronavirus. 

Kevin Price, the fire department coordinator for Raleigh County and a city councilman for Beckley, said they never considered not having a memorial of some sort. 

“The little monument that we have that features a piece of steel from the World Trade Centers, says ‘We will never forget.’ I think it’s pertinent that we don’t forget, no matter what’s going on,” he said. 

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will pay his respects to those lost on September 11, 2001 and all fallen service heroes with Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel “Woody” Williams at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery at 9 a.m. with wreaths placed at 9:37 am, when the plane hit the Pentagon.

Mary Ann Taylor, co-chair of the 9/11 memorial events in Nicholas County, said they wanted to give the people hope by holding their event, but have extended the parade route for social distancing and are limiting the parade to only first responders and law enforcement.

Some 9/11 Memorial Events

Putnam County: American Legion Post 187 will hold its annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at 10 a.m. on the front steps of the Putnam County Courthouse.

9/11 Memorial Ceremony by WVU Parkersburg: From noon to 1 p.m., on Facebook Live and YouTube, WVU Parkersburg will present its 9/11 Memorial Ceremony. The ceremony will begin with a short historical recap. Panelists will then share their memories of the event and its aftermath as well as how it affected our community. Viewers are also encouraged to share their memories on the streaming platforms.

Nicholas County: The City of Summersville, City of Richwood, and Nicholas County Commission join together and invite all of Nicholas County to recognize, and honor law enforcement and all first responders.

The parade will begin at 7 p.m. at Nicholas Village along Webster Road to Main Street and end on Broad Street at Lerose Shopping Plaza. Please practice social distancing along the parade route.

Raleigh County: This event is a “Silent” (Emergency Lights Only) Memorial Parade to honor the fallen including law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services, military and other victims. 

Kanawha County: Senator Manchin will pay his respects to those lost on September 11, 2001 and all our fallen service heroes at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, 130 Academy Drive, Dunbar, WV 25064 at 9:00 a.m., with the wreaths placed at 9:37 am, when the plane hit the Pentagon

West Virginians can participate by sending a photo of their commemoration to or posting to social media with the hashtag #WVGoldStarFamilies.