September 11, 2015
Members of the West Virginia State Firemen’s Association joined with Governor Tomblin and hundreds of other First Responders and Military Personnel for the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at the WV Fallen Firefighter Memorial and the Bell Ringing Ceremony at the State Capitol.
A solemn occasion, Governor Tomblin walks the wreath to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial where he takes a moment of silence to reflect the sacrifices of those that perished on that dreadful day and to show appreciation for the men and women that serve our State and this great nation as First Responders and Military Personnel.
WVSFA President John Holstein, one of the First Responders chosen to assist the Governor in the ringing of the Bell had this to say, “..the Governor takes time out of his busy schedule to remember those that were lost and to appreciate those that serve. It means a lot to the First Responder Community in West Virginia to have a Governor that understands what we give back to our communities. It’s not something I look forward to every year, but it’s something that needs to be done, to remember the fallen, to remember 9/11.”
The ringing of the Capitol Bell is a token to make sure we as West Virginian’s never forget oiur brothers and sisters that died on 9/11, the 343 members of the FDNY that fell in the line of duty, that’s why we acknowledge the events of that day and keep the memory alive for everyone to reflect upon.