Today marks the 14th anniversary of the terrible events that took place at the World Trade Center. Many people would say the world has changed since 9/11 and unless you were actually old enough to remember the events, that idea will sound odd, but the world is actually a much different place today. I honestly can’t say 9/11 changed everything, since we have had immense advancements in science and technology, but I will say it absolutely changed this country’s perception on safety. Thinking back to the summer prior to the terrible events of that day, I was just a kid going on my first international trip, it was my first time on a plane, and there was nothing to worry about. I remember being able to board the plane with very little hassle, almost no restrictions, and being able to look right into the cockpit from my seat. Everything I remember from that first international flight experience is now completely archaic. Ever since that day, our country has been on a seemingly endless war to bring those responsible for these acts to justice, and we as a country have been kept in relative darkness in terms of what is going on. In a sense the world is a different place because we no longer have our artificial certainty of tomorrow. Before 9/11, nobody thought as hard about their travels as they do today, I wouldn’t say life was simpler because I was just a kid at the time, but from my standpoint, I know my parents kept a “longer leash” on me and my siblings before those events. In the 14 years since 9/11 the city has begun to rebuild and the scenery of Lower Manhattan has changed, but those who have been lost are definitely not forgotten. Many things have changed over the last 14 years, but the bravery of the first responders, and the impact of the lives of those lost that day will always be remembered as they once were. Today as America remembers the worst event on our soil, and how it changed everything, I hope the memory of those lost stays the same in the minds and hearts of their friends and loved ones.