A picture is worth a 1000 words.

But why? What makes an image iconic? I believe that it is when an image make you speechless. When an image has a powerful enough impact on the viewer that they have nothing else to say but “wow”, then that image is noteworthy.

Iconic photos are photos that capture a major event in history or intense emotion. One image that specifically comes to mind when I think about iconic images from the past year, I am reminded of the image of the Situation Room when soldiers were being sent in after Osama Bin Laden last April. This image appeared all over the internet as well as in newspapers the day after Bin Laden was assassinated. The image truly capture the emotions and uncertainty that everyone in that room felt as they were waiting to see the results of the mission. I couldn’t image what it must have been like it that room that day. This image gives America a sense of what that must have been like.

Anther image that comes to mind is the image of the Twin Towers memorial on the ten year anniversary on September 11, 2011. This image makes me pause and reflect on the events of that day. I still can’t believe its been over 10 years since the towers fell. The light projecting up from the memorial is a tribute to those who lost their lives that day. This image shows that while the towers are gone, we still remember the events of that day. Events that we won’t soon forget.