Looking back on the events of Sept. 11 is how the country can move forward, Gov. Bob Wise said at a Sunday afternoon memorial service in Cross Lanes.
"A year later we're more somber, we're more vigilant, we're more prepared and we're more united," Wise said. "We have much to remember and much to dedicate ourselves anew.
"Our nation had to rise from grief, organize and pull itself together. It had to and has responded."
About 100 people attended the "Remembering Our Heroes" memorial service at the Tyler Mountain Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens.
Richard Bishoff, director of the Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home in Charleston, said it was important to have a memorial service where residents could open up and remember the events of Sept. 11.
That's why directors from five area funeral homes worked for two-and-a-half months to organize the service, he said.
"We wanted to honor the police and firefighters of the city and state who do their jobs day in and day out," Bishoff said. "We wanted to show them the kind of appreciation we have for them."
In his address, Wise stressed the importance of West Virginians in the war on terrorism. Two state residents, Sgt. Gene Vance and Staff Sgt. Anissa Ann Sherro, gave their lives in the war in Afghanistan, but many men and women across the state are doing their part to protect the United States, he said.