Something new will be the result

The children who were born around Sept. 11, 2001, are now 17 years old.

All their lives, American troops have been at war.

The children of Sept. 11 never knew a world with relatively easy access to commercial airline flights and without metal detectors at the entrance to government buildings and schools. They have grown to near adulthood in a world where the fear of terror follows them in public everywhere and it’s just part of the wiring of their psyche.

They also are too young to remember the unity that followed in the days after terrorists used airliners to bring down the World Trade Center towers, strike the Pentagon and kill an airplaneload of travelers when they fought back over Western Pennsylvania.

And, if they’re students of civics and history, they’ve learned that the nation went into that post-9/11 war on, at best, faulty intelligence.

And they’ll begin voting, some in November.

They will begin having an impact on the nation.

Their hopes and dreams and thoughts about the failures of the generation that was in charge as they came into the world will become clear.

They will approach the world in a different way than generations before, because they live in a world that is foreign to the world that existed before Sept. 11, 2001.

Those who are from that Sept. 10, 2001, world no longer will be able to simply pine for the way things were. The reality is that the children of a changed world will be making their mark.

And the changed world will be shaped by a changed generation.

As we remember, mourn, honor and contemplate on this annual day of grim reminders burned into our minds, consider what lies ahead.

And hold hope that something new will come.