Like many valley citizens Sunday I attended a memorial ceremony in honor of all those people who lost their lives 10 years ago. The ceremony was held at the Columbiana County Fairgrounds and I was humbled while I listened to the wonderful speakers as they honored those who perished that day, and spoke words of encouragement. I listened with the utmost respect, but was soon angered at the apparent level of disrespect from a neighbor.
I was raised with certain values: responsibility, loyalty, compassion and respect. We respect our elders, our co-workers, our neighbors, even our children. I was taught to respect even those I may not agree with or see eye to eye with.
What I witnessed Sunday was very upsetting to me. The folks who planned the ceremony at the fairgrounds put many hours and lots of thought into it, only to be disrespected by the neighbors with loud motorcycles that drowned out the speakers. When they were asked to stop, they proceeded to make obscene gestures to the crowd.
I hope the ceremony planners know how much their efforts were appreciated and how proud we are of our service men and women. And to the neighbors who were more concerned with making that incredibly loud interrupting noise than taking a moment to honor nearly 3,000 people who deserve our respect, I have only one thing to say: grow up.