YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – In Austintown Friday, hundreds of people gathered to remember those who lost their lives in the 9-11 attacks. The heroes of September 11 were also remembered, with songs and solemn prayer.
Every year, students from Austintown Middle School attend the ceremony. Most of them have no personal memories of the day of terrorist attacks.
“We have a lot of kids here that weren’t even born when 9-11 happened,” Patrick Connolly with the 9-11 Memorial Committee said. “Whether they realize it or not, this is history right here.”
Township trustee Jim Davis is also a reserve officer for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office.
He was working in court on the day of the attacks. Friday, he offered prayers for those who lost their lives.
“It’s important that we remember how blessed we are in this country,” Davis said.
He said the park is a visual reminder to young people of that day.
“It’s important that we teach the youth that were born after September 11, 2001,” Davis said. “So that they know what happened that day and so we can remember those that paid the ultimate price.”
Connolly was one of the people who helped build the memorial park.
“A lot of work here, a lot of work. It took two and a half years to get the world trade center beams,” Connolly said. “Six months to get the stone. We were able to get the dirt for Shanksville pretty quick.”
The committee is still selling memorial bricks.
They’re also looking for donations to finish some large improvements.