UPDATE: Local events mark somber anniversary of 9/11 attacks
BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - Several events across the region Wednesday marked a somber 12th anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 that left nearly 3,000 Americans dead.
On this day 12 years ago, terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners, crashing two of them into the World Trade Center and one into the Pentagon. The fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania -- believed to be the result of passengers on board who attempted to take control of the plane from the hijackers.
In Beckley at Word Park, a Day of Remembrance was held at 10 a.m. The event included prayers and a moment of reflection at the steel beam from the World Trade Center -- along with songs from the St. Francis school choir.
At Chicory Square in Bluefield, residents and first responders gathered for a special 9/11 service at noon.
This was the eighth year for the Chicory Square event, which featured a fireman's prayer, singing and a 'last call' bell salute.
A 9/11 Parade was planned in Welch at 5:30 p.m. Organizers say line up for the parade will begin at 5 pm at the Welch National Guard Armory.
The parade will circle through town and end at Tug Lot just behind the town of Welch. We will then have the emergency responders walk across the bridge and circle in the Martha Moore River Front Park, where a memorial service will take place.
A Parade of Lights was planned in Oak Hill beginning at 7:45 p.m. and also in Beckley.
Bluefield College students planned to serve at several locations from 3 to 6 p.m. for a Day of Service. Students will be at the Wade Center in Bluefield, the Tazewell County Library in Bluefield, Va., First Christian Church in Bluefield, the Saunders House in Bluefield, Va., and on the BC campus.
Students will be helping with cleaning, landscaping and other chores.