Eight years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the impact of that day is still felt locally with increased patriotism and awareness.
Like many others, Columbus resident Travis Davis said he is isn’t sure the country is completely safe from terrorism and has become more vigilant since the attacks.
“We should try and stick together and help each other the best we can,” Davis said, adding that since the attack he’s considered becoming a police officer.
Sandy Dowdell, also of Columbus, said he will be praying for the families who lost loved ones eight years ago today. He also said he thinks the Bush administration put the country under stress in the days and years since the attacks because of the Iraq war and failure to find Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaida, the terrorist organization responsible for the attacks.
Dowdell said he has confidence in President Barack Obama and the changes that have come with his administration. Since Sept. 11, 2001, Dowdell said he, too, has changed.
“Since Sept. 11, well me, personally, I’m very patriotic,” Dowdell said.
Tara Kermiet, a faculty member at LaGrange College, said people are more alert and cautious now, especially when traveling.
“People are more conscious of their surroundings,” Kermiet said. “At airports you’re more conscious of where your belongings are. You pay attention to exits.”
For some, the anniversary remains a somber day.
“It makes me sad the changes that have taken place in the world,” Columbus resident Judy Davis said. Davis later added, “I’m more aware of things. You just look out for things.”