The Mid-Ohio Valley remembers September 11, 2001

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va., MARIETTA, Oh.-(WTAP) 16 years ago Monday, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania were struck by terrorists.

And ceremonies remembering the September 11th attacks were held throughout the area Monday morning.

Parkersburg High School held its annual ceremony before the start of classes.

It including raising of the American flag to half-mast at the school's flagpole.

Most of the students witnessing the ceremony were not born yet, or were barely alive, when the attacks happened.

"I was teaching on the first floor of this school, in the north wing," Principal Kenny DeMoss recalled, "and a teacher came across the hall and told me to turn on the TV, and that's when I saw the second plane hit. 16 years seems like a lifetime, but to me, it still seems like yesterday."

The ceremony each year honors Parkersburg native Mary Lou Hague, who was one of the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center. Hague is a 1992 graduate of PHS.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg, meanwhile, held its annual remembrance later in the morning.

College President Dr. Fletcher Lamkin joined college officials and a representative of Sen. Joe Manchin's office in paying tribute to the victims, first responders and servicemen and women in the armed forces.

Members of the college's veterans group took turns ringing a bell to remember those lost in the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Washington State Community College held a day of service and remembrance ceremony, an event organized by Americore College guide members.

Each of the flags seen on campus represents 30 of the 3,000 lives lost on September 11th, 2001.