Not many events burn a collective memory into the minds of a nation’s people. For those of us, who were of age, September 11, 2001 was such an event.

Lest we forget – a Remembrance Ceremony of 9-11 will be held Friday, September 10, at 5 p.m., at the Gazebo on Main Street in Marlinton. The Pocahontas County Honor Corps will be in attendance to present a 21-gun salute.

It is hard to believe that 20 years have passed since that fateful fall day that, literally, changed the world as we had known it. We must never forget. Many lessons should have been learned from that day. Sadly, most have been forgotten.

Do you remember that people immediately pulled together to help others in any way they could?
Do you remember members of Congress gathering on the steps of our nation’s capitol, and singing God Bless America? No Democrats. No Republicans. Just Americans. Standing together.

Do you remember, everywhere you looked, you saw an American Flag waving? How many understood this was evidence of Americans saying to the world, we are still here, and we are still standing.
Now, however well intended, we have the picture of what kneeling looks like. Worse yet, what it has done to our society. We need to remember. We need to understand there is a reason our nation’s motto is “United We Stand.”

Please join us Friday for a 30-minute program, a time to remember. Cub Scout Troop #33 will assist the Honor Corps in properly disposing of damaged flags.

On another note:
Because summer seems not to be finished and the weather is remaining warm through this week and next, the Splash Pad at Discovery Junction will remain open until Monday September 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.