Honoring Heroes

Young people who entered college this fall were just babies 16 years ago this week, when the defining hours of our era occurred. Many first responders active today were not on the job then.

It would be easy for many of them, as well as tens of millions of other Americans, to think little about what happened on Sept. 11, 2001.

Throughout our area, special activities were held Monday to ensure we never, ever forget. In churches, schools and community gathering places, events were held to commemorate the terrorist attacks of 9/11 — and to honor the many heroes who responded to them that day and later.

Natural disasters during the past few weeks have reminded us of the courage and compassion of first responders, as well as our civilian neighbors. Those of us who remember the terrorist attacks 16 years ago had no reason not to expect such a response.

As events many of us remember with clarity fade into the history books for new generations, it is critical both that we be reminded and they be educated about them. The heroes and the horror of 9/11 must never be forgotten.

Bless those in the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio who, this week and in the past, have made that a mission.