Sept. 11, 2002 began with a prayer breakfast hosted by Parkersburg Mayor Jimmy Colombo, attracting religious and civic leaders from the area and beyond.
The main speaker was West Virginia University President David Hardesty, who cited past conflicts in the nation's history for perspective on how America is coping with last year's terrorist attacks. More than 500 people attended the sunrise breakfast.
Later in the day, hundreds came to Parkersburg City Park to hear from veterans, law enforcement and emergency medical personnel their perspectives on Sept. 11. A wreath was laid in City Park honoring, among others, Mary Lou Hague, the Parkersburg native who died in the attack a year ago on the World Trade Center.
Bells were rung denoting each of the wars in the nation's history, including the current War on Terror.
And as dusk fell on the city, the third ceremony of the day was held at Bicentennial Park.