It has been 11 years since the terrorists' attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 changed our world in many ways.
Last year many local remembrances were scheduled to mark the 10th anniversary of that tragedy. This year, an event was held Sunday at the county fairgrounds honoring first responders as part of the anniversary commemoration and the "Country Jammin' on the River" event held Sunday in East Liverpool was also dedicated to Sept. 11 victims. Habitat for Humanity of Northern Columbiana County will hold a special volunteer building program in Salem today as part of the local observance of National Service and Remembrance Day.
While all Americans mourn the tragic events of that day 11 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.
This is the second year we mark the anniversary of the tragedy with the satisfaction that Osama bin Laden, who masterminded the attack, is dead. His death at the hands of U.S. Navy Seals may be celebrated as the end of a monster, but we know, that even though he is gone, our country will never be completely safe from terroristic threats.
Although there are not as many local commemorative ceremonies as there were last year, we hope everyone will pause for a moment today to remember Salter and Scales and the 2,996 others who perished on that day.