UPDATE 9/12/13 11:13 A.M.
Parkersburg High School welcomed the mother of 9-11 victim Mary Lou Hague, who reminded students that maintaining American freedom means, as it did in the years following September 11th, protecting the nation from terrorists.
"We must realize that, as long as other countries do not have the freedom we have, there are going to be more terrorism attacks. and we must not forget 9-11, we must not forget what happened that day," says Liza Adams, mother of Mary Lou Hague.
Many of the students who attended this ceremony may have been too young to remember the day of the attacks.
Students who were at an observance at West Virginia University at Parkersburg were in elementary school that day. One says they haven't lived in a world their elders lived in.
"I remember talking to my parents and my grandparents about being able to do a lot of things without fear of someone breaking into your house or shooting you. But I think 9-11 encompasses what it means to live a life of fear in a sense," says Tyler Ohrn, Student Government Association President at WVU-P.
Ohrn says that's a lesson we learned again, after last spring's bombing at the Boston Marathon. America might be safer as a result of the September 11th attacks, but whether it is safe, is a matter of opinion.
Remembering one of their own 12 years later.
Parkersburg High School holds a memorial ceremony in honor.
PHS gradaute Mary Lou Hague was follwing her dream twelve years ago, living in New York City and working on Wall Street.
Her mother, Liza Adams, remembers talking to Mary Lou on the phone that day and turning on the television as she saw the second plane hit.
Mary Lou worked on the 89th floor of that building.
And now PHS holds this special ceremony every year to remember Mary Lou and all the victims.
So Wednesday Adams spoke, reminding everyone of that day twelve years ago.
Joining Adams was Mary Lou's sister, brother, nieces and nephew.
Parkersburg firefighter, Lt .Kevins Siers, also spoke at the ceremony.