Christian Holub
September 11, 2017 AT 10:46 AM EDT

Monday marks the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Modern visitors to the site of the former World Trade Center will find an expansive memorial dedicated to the victims and first responders who died that day. But with Confederate statues coming down across the country after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned violent last month, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade wants to know: Will 9/11 memorials eventually suffer the same fate?

“Do you worry 100 years from now someone’s going to try to take that memorial down like they’re trying to remake our memorials today?” Kilmeade asked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during an interview Monday.

Zinke dodged the question somewhat: “Well, I’m one that believes we should learn from history. I think our monuments are part of our country’s history and we can learn from it. I think reflecting on our history, both good and bad, is a powerful statement and part of our DNA.”

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