I can't believe it has been ten years. In my generation, we all remember where we were the day the World Trade Center was hit the way our parents remember where they were when JFK was shot. It's become a way that we date ourselves.
I think that because of this, we often forget how much loss has occured on both sides of this battle that still continues today. While I am grateful and proud to be an American, my ultimate hope is not one of vengeance and revenge, which are both short-sighted and petty, but for peace and understanding. The level of intolerance and blood-thirst that has festered in this country since the 9/11 attacks is not productive; we have become afraid of one another and the world. Today, let's remember those we've lost in the attacks and this war, and think of all of the innocent families abroad that have lost their lives as well. Let's communicate hope, not fear, not anger.
The photos above were taken at Ground Zero the day after Osama Bin Laden was killed by US forces earlier this year.
Text by Ash Adams