Ahmad called the use of chemical weapons a moral issue. He said its America's destiny to be a superpower and the moral leader of the world.
"This is our destiny," he said. "We need to stand up for the people of Syria. They did not ask for this."
Dr. Taoufit Sadat, a Beckley ophthalmologist and member of the Syrian-American Counsel, said he wished the U.S. had taken action in Syria in 2011, when the government opposition protests were still peaceful.
"It's not that we are obliged to do it, but when you are the man who has the power in the neighborhood and you see someone who is killing his child, you should step in and stop this man from killing this child," he said.
Sadat's two brothers are still in Damascus, near the city's center. He talks to them every day.
"I wouldn't call it safe, but it is not all-out war yet," he said.
Neither of them are working anymore - clashes between Assad's army and rebel forces have made many parts of the city impassable - and are relying on savings to support their families.
"All of the people inside Syria, if they have savings, they're using up their savings. If they don't have savings, they're hungry," Sadat said.
Ehdeshamul Haque, the imam at South Charleston's Islamic Center of West Virginia, said about 40 percent of his congregation is Syrian. But he encouraged all members of the mosque to participate in Wednesday's rally at the state Capitol.
"It's not just like it's a Muslim issue. It's a humanitarian cause," he said.
Haque hopes the rally will spur West Virginia's congressional officials to support an intervention in Syria "before it's too late."
Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., told MetroNews Wednesday he supports a "surgical strike" on Syria. While he does not support putting troops on the ground, he believes an air strike against Assad would be "appropriate."
But Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., recently signed a letter urging President Obama to consult with Congress before issuing a strike.
A total of 93 federal lawmakers, mostly Republicans, signed the letter.
McKinley told the Clarksburg Exponent Telegram on Wednesday he doesn't think the situation warrants putting American military members at risk.
Writer Ashley B. Craig contributed to this report.