In early May of 2013 I stood in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt taking the photo above.
I was struck that the square was virtually empty. No protestors, flying flags, flashing green lasers, fireworks or honking horns.
I then walked over and took a second photo of the burned-out National Democratic Party building which was set ablaze in the early days of the 2011 protest:
There it stood as a monument to the revolution. The building was eerily silent. It was in stark contrast to the events we witnessed on TV Wednesday. Morsi out, Mansour in.
We celebrated our Independence yesterday. My hope for today and the future is that the Egyptian people come to know true freedom and peace.
And I hope to return to Tahrir Square when they do.