Do you remember where you were on Sep 11th 2001?
I do. I was at home with the Karate Kid; he was less than 3 months then. I had just put him down for a nap, and I turned on the TV and flipped the channels. I reached CNN just in time to see a vid of a plane hitting the North tower, and I wondered «what movie is this?» When I realized that I was watching CNN, and they had not started sending action movies, I was stuck to the TV for the rest of the day.
Picture from Wikipedia
The landmarked Twin Towers at World Trade Center, opened on April 4th 1973, as the tallest buildings in the world. World Trade Center in New York City’s Financial District contained 1.240.000 m2 of office space.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, a coordinated act of terrorism put the North Tower into ruins, followed by the South Tower. Falling debris from the towers, and fires initiated by the debris in several surrounding buildings, caused catastrophic damage to ten other large structures in the area.
2606 people in and within the vicinity of the towers, were killed, as well as all 157 onboard the two aircrafts. A memorial has been opened, and is absolutely worth a visit.
Cleaning up and recovery took 8 months, and the World Trade Center complex was rebuilt over a span of more than a decade. The site was rebuilt with 6 new skyscrapers, where One World Trade Center is the lead building – with its more then 100 stories it is the tallest building in the United States.
St. Paul’s chapel, «The Little Chapel That Stood» is only 91 meters from the destroyed Twin Towers, yet it survived the attacks without even a broken window. The Chapel served as a place of rest and refuge for recovery workers at the World Trade site.
The Chapel was completed in 1766, and was then the tallest building in New York City, the land was granted by Queen Anne of Great Britain. The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960, partly because it is the oldest public building in continuous use in New York City.
If you are ever in New York City, then make sure you see Ground Zero, The Greatest Memorial in the World. Make sure you put aside ample time, this is not a place to quickly rush trough. I can guarantee it will have a powerful and emotional effect on you.