‘We must never forget,’ U.S. attorney says on September 11th anniversary

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks was being marked in a number of ways in the Kanawha Valley.

“We must never forget,” said Mike Stuart, U.S. attorney for West Virginia’s Southern District.

On Wednesday morning, a moment of silence was observed at Charleston’s Yeager Airport at 8:46 a.m., the moment when the first of two planes hit the World Trade Center in New York City 18 years earlier.

Airport officials were on hand along with those from the Kanawha County Commission and the Transportation Security Administration.

It was one of similar ceremonies being held across West Virginia and the entire United States along with those at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday’s “580-LIVE with Danny Jones” on 580-WCHS, Stuart talked about what changed on September 11, 2001.

“I just want to say ‘thank you’ to all the law enforcement folks on the front lines every day,” he said.

“I meet monthly and get updates weekly on joint terrorism task force operations. It is our highest calling. We’ll use every tool available to make sure it never happens again. It’s always a threat, but we remain vigilant.”

All flags at United States and West Virginia facilities were flying at half-staff for Patriots Day through dusk on Wednesday.