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Tomblin Commemorates 9/11 on Capitol Grounds


Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and members of the State Police, National Guard, Air National Guard and others rang the ceremonial bell on the state Capitol’s north courtyard Friday after laying a wreath at the memorial for fallen firefighters.

  .@govtomblin lays a wreath at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the state Capitol grounds to commemorate 9/11. #NeverForget A video posted by West Virginia Public News (@wvpublicnews) on Sep 11, 2015 at 7:00am PDT

The governor shared his memories of September 11, 2001, after the bell ringing. Tomblin was tying his tie, getting ready for a special session of the West Virginia Legislature as the first plane hit the World Trade Center. At the time, he was serving as Senate President.

“Any American who was alive and old enough to remember that day and the attack on our country is one that they will remember for the rest of their lives,” he said.

Ceremonies of remembrance were held across the state Friday morning to commemorate the anniversary.