Its not your typical iconic cityscape image of New York City. Looking straight up into the clouds with the grace of larger-than-life buildings framing your view. The street lights break up the repeating pattern of the monotonous window scene. And then here it comes... The icon of New York... The pigeon. The silhouette of the bird breaks up the concrete jungle filling it with life as the sound and the smells of the city fill the air. This is New York.
Landing in New York City just moments after the second tower collapsed just 15 short years before was an erie experience. I looked down from the 737 at lower Manhattan to see what appeared to be a toy miniature city set. This is what those passengers would have seen in 2001 just moments before their life ended.
As I walked through the city that day many thoughts came through. September 11th will forever be a part of our American history. Although these buildings came down, as well as the four planes of that day, we have proven that terror can't take our way of life in these cities or any cities. America is a great place and we know it. We won't be stopped by radical thoughts or actions. Life will always go on and we will become stronger as we have become.
"Be Strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9