SEPT. 11: Take time to remember

Sixteen years ago this morning, Americans watched in horror in their homes, schools and workplaces as terrorists showed no mercy in attacking our country. Evil men piloted planes into landmarks and buildings in Washington and New York killing thousands of innocent citizens while bringing grief to millions more.

Our country will never forget.

Today, there are at least two remembrance services taking place. The first is in Dunkirk at the Fire Department headquarters on Eagle Street at 9:30 a.m. Another is in Mayville, sponsored by American Legions and the Chautauqua County Veterans Council in front of Chautauqua County Courthouse, 1 N. Erie St.

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas, who will speak at the city ceremony, remembers the devastation he saw while working as a state trooper. “I was on the team of First Responders sent to New York City from this area,” he said in a statement. “What I saw there was heart wrenching, and to work side-by-side with the other first responders was life changing for me.”

The public is invited to both ceremonies. If you cannot make it, take a moment of silence to remember those affected and those who fight for this country.

Even after the horrific events of 2001, America stands strong — and free. God bless us.