Pause for a moment to reflect

It has been 17 years since the terrorists’ attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 changed our world in many ways. The attacks were the deadliest terrorist act in world history, and the most devastating foreign attack on United States soil since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Some 2,996 people died that day and more than 6,000 others were injured. Thousands more have contracted cancer or other illnesses and died as a result of exposure to toxins at Ground Zero. The deaths of more than 1,400 rescue workers who responded to the scene in the days and months after the attacks have also been blamed on the exposure.

While all Americans mourn the tragic events of that day 17 years ago, Columbiana Countians felt the pain even more deeply because we lost two former residents — Wellsville native Catherine Salter, who died in the World Trade Center collapse and Lt. Col. David Scales, who had attended East Liverpool schools through his junior year of high school. Scales was working in his office in the “E” Ring, the outermost ring of the Pentagon when the Boeing 757 crashed into the building.

Although we are not aware of any local commemorative ceremonies, we hope everyone will pause for a moment today to remember Salter and Scales and the thousands of others who perished. We must not forget this tragic loss and this horrendous attack on our nation.