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WV Heroes Day 2019: A Salute To First Responders

By Staff | Sep 11, 2019

Ten years after the 9/11 attacks on the United States, the city of Sistersville proclaimed September 11 as Heroes Day.

The special event continued annually in Sistersville and was supported by the county leadership of Tyler County. Not only do we remember the First Responders that answered the call in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, but we also give thanks and recognize those who currently serve their local communities and the great state of West Virginia. However, WV Heroes Day has grown since its beginning.

In 2015, the WV Legislature adopted and designated the second Saturday of September as Heroes Day in the State of WV (HR16).

In 2017, Governor Jim Justice declared statewide, the second Saturday of September to be celebrated as Heroes Day in the great state of West Virginia.

Since the action of the WV legislature and the governor, many ceremonies and observances have been held all over the State of West Virginia on that Saturday or sometime during that weekend.

In 2018, during the WVU vs. Baylor football game, WVU held a Heroes Day observance during the third quarter of the nationally televised game.

The official press release will soon be coming from the Governor’s office as this year’s official date approaches.

The following statement, however, is a Press Releases from the WV Legislature that was released in 2015 in regards to the event:

A celebration to honor emergency personnel which began in Sistersville, WV will now be recognized statewide following the adoption of House Resolution 16 during the 2015 Regular Session of the West Virginia Legislature.

“Heroes Day”, which began in 2011 to mark the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, will be held on the second Saturday of September, is a tribute to Firefighters, Law-Enforcement Officers, and Emergency Medical Services Workers who are dedicated to helping those in need and protecting the public.

Delegate Roger Romine (R-Tyler), was the primary sponsor of this resolution and championed its advancement last session.

“Emergency personnel, police, EMS, firefighter, etc., serve the public is ways that we could never repay for the sacrifices they make,” said Delegate Romine. “Especially here in West Virginia, where a majority of our fire departments are volunteer departments serving rural communities, we must acknowledge the good work and services they provide to our communities.”

The Reverend Bill Dawson, a volunteer firefighter, first started Heroes Day and has continued this celebration with the support of the City of Sistersville and numerous government, business, and private entities.

This year, Heroes Day will be held on Friday, September 13 at the Ritchie County 4H Grounds, which is along Route 16 and just outside of Harrisville, WV, and is the same location as the Ritchie County Fair. In addition to those within Ritchie County, neighboring First Responders from Doddridge, Pleasants, Tyler, and Wood Counties are invited to come be recognized and thanked for their service to their local communities and to our great state.

The schedule for this evening’s festivities is as follows:

An Opening Ceremony will kick-off the event at 6:30 p.m., which includes the attendance and/or possible participation of local dignitaries and the Governor of WV.

At 7 p.m., participants can see Jim Forshey as Elvis, which will be followed by The Carriers at 8 p.m., and Cody Wickline at 9 p.m.

The event is free, and open to the general public, with no admission cost.