BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Nine years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, many in Ohio say the memories remain fresh. Bowling Green head football coach Dave Clawson said he still has vivid memories of fearing that his sister, who worked in one of the World Trade Center buildings, might have been among the victims.
"It was one of those miracle stories, that her train that day was 10 minutes late and she got the last subway out of ground zero," said Clawson, who was coaching at Fordham University at the time. Across the state, churches, local governments and state agencies and universities planned observances in honor of those who died, with some ceremonies held Friday and others scheduled Saturday.
In Columbus, a display of over 2,900 American flags outlining the World Trade Center Towers and the Pentagon was placed on the Ohio Statehouse lawn, with each flag representing an American life lost on 9/11. A moment of silence was planned for the start of Ohio State's football game against Miami on Saturday.
In Cleveland, the city held a Patriot's Day observance on Friday honoring those who died in the attacks and members of the military. Mayor Frank Jackson called on Cleveland residents to "reflect on our personal service to our city, region and country." Students at Perry High School near Lima in northwest Ohio placed nearly 3,000 small flags in front of Perry Elementary School.
The flags spelled out 9-11, the nine shaped like the Pentagon, the dash a plane, and the 11 representing the World Trade Center towers. In southern Ohio, the memory of firefighters who gave their lives trying to help others at the World Trade Center prompted the Chillicothe Fire Department to plan a Saturday memorial service. Sept. 11 "gets everyone thinking about sacrifice, not just in New York, but by every firefighter in their day-to-day duty," Chillicothe Assistant Chief Steve Gallagher said.