Never forget Sept. 11, 2001

Today, as our president is asking Congress’ backing to involve us in another war, this time in Syria, we pause to remember the tragic events of 12 years ago when terrorists attacked us on our own soil, killing nearly 3,000 Americans.

While all Americans mourn the tragic events of that day, Columbiana Countians felt the pain even more deeply because we lost two of our own Wellsville native Catherine Salter, who died in the World Trade Center collapse and former East Liverpool resident Lt. Col. David Scales, who was killed at the Pentagon.

In past years many local events were held to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack. This year we know of only one ceremony at 5:30 p.m. today in Wellsville.

The village will hold a commemorative ceremony at the Floodwall/Boy-in-the-Boot Memorial. State Sen. Joe Schiavoni and state Rep. Nick Barborak will be the featured guest speakers. Refreshments will be available after the ceremony at the Wellsville American Legion, Post 70, located on Wells Avenue. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will held at the Legion.

Despite the lack of local remembrances, we urge everyone to spend a silent moment reflecting on that tragic day and the changes it wrought in our world.

We should never forget Salter and Scales and the 2,996 others who perished on Sept. 11, 2001.