9/11 Remembrance events in central Ohio


Communities across central Ohio have events planned Monday to remember the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

At a ceremony in Westerville, Brooklyn native Barbara Reoch a wore a picture of her niece who she said died when the World Trade Center collapsed.

"The emotion is still there. Things have really not changed that much. The anger is still there. I don't cry as much as I used to," Reoch said. "I'm here by myself because my husband can't bear to come."

In Hilliard, students from Hilliard Station Sixth Grade School visited the 9/11 memorial at that city's First Responders Park.

Teacher Joan Pitstick said it can be hard for students to comprehend the magnitude of the event without any first-hand experience.

"I think hearing things from their parents...they can understand those things, but it's difficult for them to have the feelings we had," Pitstick said. "To think about sixth graders that day compared to sixth graders today, there's a big difference."

Hilliard Police Chief Robert Fisher guided students around the memorial and explained the impact on first responders.

"For those of us who lived through it, it's even more important for us to continue to honor those lives and remember that day."

The folllowing cities have remaining events today:

Columbus: Never Forget: 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, 3:30 p.m., Columbus City Hall Council Chamber, 90 W. Broad St.

Circleville: Lest We Forget service, 7 p.m., Crossroads Church, 5679 Tarlton Road.

Hilliard: 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, 7 p.m., First Responders Park, Main Street and Center Street.

Whitehall: Remembrance service, 6:30 p.m. Whitehall Police Department, 365 Yearling Road.

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