The best we can hope for, then, is that we never forget the events of 9-11, and that whomever next takes the presidency will have the strength, wisdom, and courage to bring the kind of change needed to quell tensions both here and abroad and finally defeat ISIS. Because heaven help the entire world if our next president gets it wrong.
In many ways my triage tag is a symbol of survival and a job performed. But it's also a reminder that my father wanted to protect me even as our world was shifting and his was ending. His love endures and that knowledge bubbles up and makes me happy every time I think about my triage tag on display at the museum.
I've seen terrorism close up but I don't live in a state of terror at all. For perspective, the world today is a safer place than it was during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Berlin Airlift, World War II. For people living in Europe and the United States, there has never been a more peaceful time or better quality of life. The terrorists haven't won. I just grew up.