CITY OF BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) The City of Bluefield held a 9/11-Patriot Day event at Chicory Square, honoring those who were lost 18-years ago during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the passengers on a plane that crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The event was also about recognizing the men and women that served and currently serve, who risk their lives while on the job.
Patriot Day included a presentation from the Bluefield High School JROTC, Montcalm High School student T.J. Goins and a Fireman’s Prayer from the Bluefield Fire Department.
“When I am called to duty, God, whenever flames may rage, give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age. Help me embrace a little child before it is too late, or save an older person from the horror of that fate. Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout, and quickly, and efficiently to put the fire out. I want to fill my calling, and to give the best in me, to guard my every neighbor and protect his property. And if, according to my fate, I am to lose my life, please bless with your protecting hand my family, friends and wife.” Fireman’s Prayer.
The keynote speaker for the event was Mike “Doc” Atwell, a veteran who served with the 1st Tank Battalion of the United States Marine Corps.
Atwell spoke to the crowd about how the 9/11 attacks motivated him to join the USMC, reminding citizens to never forget the men and women who died and the first responders who lost their lives.