Ritchie Elementary School students and staff members on Wednesday took a moment to pay tribute to the victims and heroes of Sept. 11, 2001.
The South Wheeling school held its annual "Patriot Day Tribute." As part of the event, all of the students and staff members recited the Pledge of Allegiance outdoors near the Ritchie Elementary flag pole.
Principal John Jorden also welcomed and thanked Ohio County Sheriff's Department deputies and Wheeling Police Department Sgt. John Schultz, who is an Ohio County Schools prevention resource officer. Ohio County Schools Superintendent Dianna Vargo and Assistant Superintendent Bernie Dolan attended the event.
Ritchie Elementary School teacher Heather Richter leads students during the Pledge of Allegiance during the school’s annual “Patriot Day Tribute.”
Jorden began the day by telling students about the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. He told the children that nearly 3,000 Americans died as a result of those attacks.
On December 18, 2001, Congress designated Sept. 11 of each year as "Patriot Day." On April 21, 2009, Congress requested the observance of Sept. 11 as an annually recognized "National Day of Service and Remembrance."
Elsewhere in Wheeling, Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church observed Patriot Day with a Red, White & You 9/11 Blood Drive, working in conjunction with the American Red Cross.
And Pat Duffy, a members of the Wheeling Elks, set up a Patriot Day display in memory of the lives lost on 9/11 in the lobby of Main Street Bank.