9/11 programs in the area

A number of programs are being held today to mark the 12th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

The AmeriCorps Ohio College guides and V.I.S.T.A. members at Washington State Community College will hold a memorial service at 10 a.m. in honor of National Day of Service and Remembrance, at the college, 710 Colegate Drive.

Residents, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the flag-raising service at the flag pole at the main entrance. Donations of comfort items for active-duty soldiers will be collected at the memorial service and throughout this week, through Friday.

To learn more about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov. For more information, or to make a donation, contact Heather Saling, at hsaling@wscc.edu or 374-8716.

There will be a candelight vigil beginning at 8 p.m. at Marietta College. It will include college alumni singing a song, a local pastor speaking and a group song. The ceremony will be held on the college mall in front of the Legacy Library and is open to the community.

Students at Parkersburg High School will hold a Sept. 11 memorial at 7:30 a.m. in remembrance of the lives lost to the terrorist attacks in 2001, which occurred in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.

The ceremony has become an annual event for the school and a way to honor the memories of those lost during the Sept. 11 attacks.

Among those was Parkersburg native Mary Lou Hague, a 1992 Parkersburg High School graduate, who was working as a research analyst on the 89th floor in Tower 2 of the World Trade Center when terrorists flew a plane into the building.

Tuesday’s ceremony will be held at the flag pole in front of the school and is sponsored by the Parkersburg High School Student Council. Students can begin gathering at 7 a.m. and the horseshoe will be closed to vehicle traffic at 7:20 a.m., re-opening after the ceremony.

At Franklin Elementary Center on Division Street in south Parkersburg, the Marine Corps League Wood County Detachment 1087 will hold a flag demonstration and presentation at 8 a.m. at the school.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg will hold its annual Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at 10 a.m. at the college’s main entrance.

The main speaker for this year’s ceremony will be Chief Joe Martin of the Parkersburg Police Department, college President Marie Foster Gnage and student government representatives. The ceremony will include music and a bell ringing.

In the event of rain, the program will be held in the college’s multi-purpose room.