WOOD COUNTY, W.Va., MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Tuesday marked the 17th anniversary of, to date, the only terrorist attack on American soil.
Ceremonies throughout the area remembered the attacks of September 11th, 2001.
In what has become an annual tradition, West Virginia University at Parkersburg hosted an observance, where the featured speaker was a former Wood County sheriff, now Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Division of Military Affairs and Homeland Security.
Secretary Jeff Sandy joined the audience in remembering the victims of 9-11, as well as those who lost their lives in the years that followed.
Parkersburg High School each year hosts an event honoring the 9-11 victims and first responders.
Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce was among those who spoke.
Kenny DeMoss, now PHS Principal, was working at the school in another capacity the day of the attacks.
"It's hard for me, because I was here and who passed away that day...all those lives," DeMoss recalls. "But I think it is a special place here at Parkersburg High School for it."
Among those lost in the attacks in New York City was Mary Lou Hague.
Hague was a 1992 PHS graduate, who was working on the 89th floor of the World Trade Center the day of the attacks.
Dozens gather in Washington County to remember lives lost on one of America's darkest days.
washington state community college held its annual 9-11 remembrance ceremony tuesday morning.
On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four American planes and crashed them into several targets, including the Twin Towers in New York. The attacks took the lives of 2,996 people.
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH 6th) says that day reminded us all that freedom isn't free.
"No one alive at that time will forget where they were, what they were doing and what they were thinking," Johnson said. "It's a day that changed everyone and life will never be the same."
"It gave us an increased sense of treasury for the liberties and the freedoms we have."
The Washington County Veterans Services Commission hosted everyone for luncheon after the ceremony.