WASHINGTON COUNTY -- For Tom Wibberley, the war on terrorism began Oct. 12, 2000, when his son died while serving aboard the USS Cole.
Seaman Craig Wibberley of Williamsport and Fireman Patrick Roy of Keedysville were among 17 sailors killed by terrorists who carried out a suicide bombing in the Yemeni port of Aden.
Both men were honored Monday afternoon by the United States Navy and Veterans of Foreign Wars in separate services.
Tom Wibberley's memory of that day nine years ago is very clear, he said shortly after the service honoring his son at the St. Mark's Episcopal Church cemetery on Lappans Road near Boonsboro.
"It's really nice to have friends and people come by that knew Craig and remember," Wibberley said.
He said he wishes there was more recognition of Oct. 12, 2000.
"I know everyone looks at Sept. 11 as the beginning of the war on terrorism. Really, today was," he said.