They are some of the country’s most revered monuments – paying tribute to the brave first responders and innocent civilians who lost their lives on 9/11.
But Fox News host Brian Kilmeade has questioned whether they might ever be torn down in the same way Confederate statues are now being removed from the South.
Kilmeade was speaking with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke before he went to visit one such memorial on Monday when he posed the question.
Brian Kilmeade (right) was speaking to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Monday when he asked whether it is right to fear that monuments to 9/11 might ever be torn down
He spoke to Zinke ahead of his visit the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Monday afternoon to pay his respects to those killed and hurt during the 2001 terror attack.
That memorial, which he visited with Vice President Pence, stands in memory to the 40 passengers who lost their lives when the plane crashed after those on board found back against the four hijackers.
‘We’re really reflecting on how great this country is, the sacrifices we have made and also talking about the change that 9/11 brought to all Americans,’ Zinke said.
Kilmeade then asked: ‘Do you worry 100 years from now someone is going to try to take that memorial down like they are trying remake our memorials today?’
While Zinke did not directly answer the question, he said he believes that it is important to ‘learn from our monuments’
Kilmeade’s question came after a series of statues to Confederate generals were removed across America amid violent protests (pictured, the statue of Robert E Lee in Charlottesville)
Zinke did not give a direct answer to the question, though said it was important ‘to learn from our monuments’.
Kilmeade’s comments come after a string of monuments dedicated to Confederate generals were removed across America amid protests.
That process was accelerated recently after violent clashes in Charlottesville over the fate of a statue of General Robert E Lee.
One person was killed after a white supremacist drove his car into crowds of counter-demonstrators, leaving multiple others with serious injuries.
President Donald Trump condemned violence ‘on both sides’ at the rally, which also saw dozens of smaller skirmishes between far-right and far-left activists.
Mr Trump has also condemned the removal of ‘our beautiful statues and monuments’, saying American history is being ‘ripped apart’.