Today, take time to honor heroes

Twelve years have passed since terrorists hijacked four airliners, turning them into guided missles to strike the World Trade Center and the Pentagon; the fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers mounted a challenge.

Children who were toddlers then now are teenagers, meaning our elementaries, middle schools and junior highs are full of students who might not remember that day.

The rest of us cannot forget – especially those serving in the war ignited by the attacks. Troops are expected to remain in Afghanistan through 2014.

Every trip through airport security serves as a reminder of that day. Due to surveillance measures enacted in the wake of the attacks, some Americans recall 9/11 with each email, text and phone call.

Yet Patriot Day offers more appropriate ways to recollect events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the sacrifices made in the war on terror in the dozen years since. Here are a few:

Tiffin police and fire departments are to have a ceremony to honor the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at 8:45 a.m. at Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial.

At Heidelberg University, memorial flags are to be placed on the lawn outside Campus Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A brief memorial service is to take place at 9 a.m. in front of the Peace Pole outside Campus Center, along with a moment of silence. Attendees are asked to wear red, white and blue.

Tiffin University is to observe 9/11 by thanking military members past and present and their families. The ceremony is to take place at 5:30 p.m. in Chisholm Auditorium in Franks Hall on the campus.

Today, do not just recall the horrors of 9/11, but also honor those who have paid a hefty price – sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice – to keep us safe.