So much has changed since September 11th 2001, yet unfortunately certain truths have remained all too persistent. The threats we face today are tied to the same sword of radical Islam that pierced us so deeply 15 years ago. Now more than ever, we as Americans must stop to reflect on such devastation, the essential lessons it taught, visceral anger it provoked, and the immeasurable patriotism it awakened.
For those who remember the horror of that day, the reality that we are approaching the 15-year anniversary of September 11th seems remarkably surreal. It was a day that despite the time that has passed, still seems more like a nightmare than reality. So vivid are the details we can recall from such painful catastrophe and yet, how often so many go about their daily lives as if this world altering event never even occurred.
When I view an image of the World Trade Center, I am immediately reminded of what an invaluably beautiful symbol it was. Though aesthetically striking, the World Trade Center was more than an architectural medallion. It served as an unequivocal symbol of freedom, prosperity, American ingenuity, and the Western way of life.
But that which made the World Trade Center so special, simultaneously made it the quintessential target of jihad. It wasn’t until those towers came crashing down that we realized how much they represented, and how lucky we were to have lived in a country that built them.