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New Martinsville Remembers

By Staff | Sep 22, 2021

New Martinsville Firemen raise the flag.

In commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the attacks on the United States of America, the City of New Martinsville, Wetzel County Commission, Wetzel-Tyler Chamber of Commerce, West Virginia Northern Community College and the New Martinsville Volunteer FireDepartment joined together to honor our local first responders on Saturday, September 11th.

Local law enforcement officers and members of surrounding fire departments started off the evening by parading their vehicles down Main Street with lights flashing and sirens sounding.

Individuals and families lined the streets waving and giving thanks and respect as the parade passed by.

After the parade, first responders and their families were the honorees of a cook out provided by volunteers of the organizations.

The evening ceremony began with Dan Henthorn singing the National Anthem. New Martinsville Fire Department Administrator, Joe Smith, served as the master of ceremonies.

Prayers for the Armed Forces, EMS, Police Officers, Sheriff’s Department and Fire Departments were all respectfully presented by a member of each of the departments. Videos were shown in conjunction with each prayer.

As the sun faded away, everyone attending participated in a candle light vigil allowing for a time of reflection.

The memorial concluded with the New Martinsville Fire Department bell being rang 20 times, once for each year since the attack. Followed by a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps.

We will never forget!