GRAFTON— The Grafton City Council met recently with several proclamations to be read, as the town celebrates, remembers and honors significant events and lost heroes of our country.
Grafton Mayor Shelia Westfall began by proclaiming September 11, 2020 as Patriot Day in the City of Grafton.
“Whereas nineteen years ago more than 3,000 innocent people lost their lives when a calm September morning was shattered by terrorists driven by hatred and obsession for destruction; and whereas from this great tragedy a new spirit has arisen: a strong sense of family, community, brotherhood and patriotism; and we have come together, Grafton-Taylor County; strong, proud and attentive to threats, equipped and prepared for action” she read.
The proclamation made honorable mention of the brave men and women of law enforcement, fire and emergency services who selflessly dedicate their lives protecting others.
Mayor Westfall spoke about the courageousness of the fearless men and women who have served and sacrificed in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world; fighting for the freedom of the United States and taking a stand against vicious and heinous terrorist attacks.
“We wish to honor and pay tribute to the men and women and families who were affected in our own state, as well as those who worked elsewhere, so diligently, to help our nation recover,” she recited.
Furthermore, the mayor recognized the organized groups of Grafton and Taylor County who have worked tirelessly to mitigate the adverse effects of terror by planning, training and exercising the support and assistance as needed.
She concluded the Patriot Day Proclamation by inviting all citizens of the City of Grafton, to lower their flags to half-staff and join the entire nation in celebration and recognition on the nineteenth Patriot Day to remember and honor the invincible spirit of America and its heroes.
Council members then joined in a brief moment of silence for prayer for all those affected by the heartbreaking events of that September day in 2001.
Additionally, in recognition of the 233rd anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention, Westfall presented a proclamation declaring the week of September 17-23 as Constitution Week.
“Whereas it is fitting and proper to accord official recognition to this magnificent document and its memorable anniversary, and to the patriotic celebrations which will commemorate the occasion,” Westfall delivered.
Once again, inviting citizens of the city to join her and reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties, remembering that lost rights may never be regained.
The last proclamation served as a solemn reminder of all those who fought to defend our country, paying the ultimate sacrifice; becoming Prisoners of War (POW) or persons Missing in Action (MIA), and never to make it home.
“No American could cherish our country’s freedom more dearly than those who have defended it and have paid the price of capture and imprisonment,” Westfall read. “Solemn inspiration and resolve is taken from the Americans who have sacrificed and endured their captivity for their allegiance to our land and ideals. Dignity, valor and faith shown by these true Americans remind us of the love and allegiance we owe our defenders and this great nation.”
She continued on, “We take inspiration from the families who show their courage for those still missing or unaccounted for.”
The proclamation went on to state that the POW/MIA issue is of the highest priority until it has been resolved.
Westfall said that to show the city’s commitment, both the POW/MIA Flag and the American Flag should fly from all businesses in Grafton, Taylor County and the state of West Virginia on POW/MIA National Remembrance Day, which is designated to be recognized on September 18.
“I do hereby proclaim September 18, 2020 as POW/MIA National Remembrance Day and call upon all Grafton and Taylor County citizens to join in honoring all former American Prisoners of War, those still missing and their families,” she announced.