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Relatives, friends and colleagues of people who died during the World Trade Center attacks assemble around the "Circle of Honor" at Ground Zero, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002. (Robin Weiner/Medialink)

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Relatives of people who died walk down to the "Circle of Honor", Sept. 11, 2002. One by one, the 2,801 names on the city list of the dead were read during the morning ceremony. (Robin Weiner/Medialink)

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Representatives from various organizations surround the "Circle of Honor" at Ground Zero during a ceremony marking the one year anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. (Robin Weiner/Medialink)

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Relatives, friends and colleagues of people who died during the World Trade Center attacks assemble around the "Circle of Honor" at Ground Zero, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002. (Robin Weiner/Medialink)

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The World Trade Center

Built: 1969-1974
Cost: $800,000,000
Designed by: Minoru Yamasaki, Yamasaki and Associates, with Emery Roth and Sons
Type: Skyscraper
Stories: 110
Maximum Height: 1,727 feet / 526 meters
Maximum width: 208
Maximum length: 208
Location: World Trade Center, New York, United States
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T he World Trade Center is a collection of buildings in lower Manhattan. Towers number one and two (the "Twin Towers") were considered the tallest in the world by some people. It depends on how you define "tallest." Including the antenna, tower number one was 521 meters tall. However, including the antenna may also bring building-less antennae and towers into the running, which really mucks things up. The center was constructed on the site of the old Hudson and Manhattan rail terminal. The original plan called for a single 150-story tower, but this design was abandoned as impractical.

The twin towers were unusual in that the outer cladding of the building actually carried a large part of the load for the structure. Each floor was suspended from the external walls, rather than the other way around, which is common in most skyscrapers where internal pillars provide the strength, and the walls merely keep the wind out. While intended to provide strength while maximizing rentable office space, this actually proved to be a lifesaving innovation. When each tower was hit by hijacked jumbo jets in 2001 the planes punched holes in the side and did extensive damage inside. But the buildings stayed standing for some time. It was actually the heat from the fire that caused the buildings to collapse. The jets were fully loaded with fuel for transcontinental flight, providing a massive amount of fuel to feed the fire. When the heat inside exceeded 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit the steel holding the floors to the walls weakened, causing each floor to collapse onto the one below. The result was the buildings imploded upon themselves, rather than fell over knocking over countless other buildings in a literal domino-effect.

The following buildings were partially or completely destroyed in the attack:

  • One World Trade Center (north tower)
  • Two World Trade Center (south tower)
  • Four World Trade Center
  • Five World Trade Center
  • Six World Trade Center
  • Seven World Trade Center
  • The Marriott Hotel
  • One Liberty Plaza
  • Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

The following buildings suffered major damage:

  • The Millennium Hilton Hotel
  • One World Financial Center
  • Two World Financial Center
  • Three World Financial Center
  • The Federal Building
  • Banker's Trust Building

  • Engineers: Worthington, Skilling, Helle and Jackson
  • There was a cafeteria on the 44th floor called The Sky Dive.
  • Each tower had postal workers stationed every eight floors to handle incoming and outgoing mail.
  • It is estimated that the jets hit the buildings going between 470 and 590 miles per hour.
  • It takes 99 days to put out the fire.
  • 18 people are pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center still alive.
  • The city of New York loses 13,000,000 square feet of office space -- more than all the office space in Miami, and more than the entire space of downtown Houston.
  • 83,000 people lose their jobs in the ensuing economic turmoil.
  • 105 children never see their fathers because they were conceived before, and born after the terrorist attacks.

  • Height to tip of Tower One television mast: 1,727 feet
  • Height to roof of Tower One: 1,368 feet
  • Height to roof of Tower Two: 1,362 feet
  • Steel used in construction: 181,400 metric tons
  • Windows: 43,600
  • Elevators: 198
  • Doorknobs: 40,000+
  • Floor space: 10,000,000 square feet
  • Parking spaces: 2,000

  • June 9, 1965: Demolition work begins to make way for the World Trade Center.
  • August 5, 1966: Groundbreaking
  • December, 1970: The first tower (One World Trade Center) is completed.
  • July 19, 1971: Two World Trade Center is topped out.
  • April 4, 1973: A ribbon cutting ceremony is held to open the twin towers.
  • 1974: Construction is completed.
  • December 15, 1975: The observatory opens to the public.
  • February 26, 1993: A truck bomb is detonated in the garage beneath Tower One. Six people are killed and more than 1,000 hurt.
  • September 11, 2001: The Twin Towers are destroyed by terrorists. They hijacked two jumbo jets from Boston and slammed one into each of the towers, killing thousands of people. A third hijacked jet was rammed into the Pentagon in Washington, DC; and a fourth, believed to be headed to the White House, crashed in a rural area 80 miles east southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
    • 8:45am - Hijacked American Airlines Boeing 767 hits the north tower.
    • 9:03am - Hijacked United Airlines Boeing 767 hits south tower.
    • 9:50am - South tower collapses.
    • 10:30am - North tower collapses.
    • 11:40am - New York Fire Department pulls out of Seven World Trade Center as fire rages uncontrolled through the skyscraper.
    • 5:25pm - Seven World Trade Center collapses.
  • September 14, 2001: There is serious talk among politicians and New York City leaders about rebuilding the Twin Towers better, and possibly bigger, than before.
  • September 25, 2001: One of the last remaining large sections of the building's exoskeleton is demolished. Part of it is saved by the city for possible use in a memorial, museum, or monument.
  • October 22, 2001: The 53-story One Liberty Plaza reopens.
  • December 1, 2001: Britain's SR International Business Insurance Company, Limited is suing over the 11 September, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. SR International is one of the companies that insured the Twin Towers. It wants a court to rule that the attacks were a single incident, and not two separate attacks. If successful, the companies will only have to pay the developer $3,600,000,000.00 for the single attack, rather than $7,200,000,000.00 if it is ruled to be two attacks. Larry Silverstein plans to use the money to rebuild the World Trade Center complex. $3.6 billion is enough to do it, but obviously $7.2 billion would provide more flexibility.
  • December 4, 2001: CNN reports that the $300,000,000.00 donated to the September 11th Fund is going to some organizations that the donors might not expect. Among those getting the money: The Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, AIDS activist organization Mother's Voices; the Jennifer Muller modern dance group; The Institute for the Development of Earth Awareness, and the performing arts group Three Legged Dog. The CNN report featured a screen from Three Legged Dog's web site showing a dominatrix.
  • December 12, 2001: Questions are raised about the floor joists in the World Trade Center. Tests done in the 1990's suggest that they were not adequately fireproofed. The engineer who supervised construction of the World Trade Center insists the fireproofing met the highest standards and was not a factor in the collapse of the towers.
  • December 17, 2001: One of the mysteries of the 11 September, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York may have been solved. Engineers have puzzled over why the 47-story 7 World Trade Center collapsed seven hours after the Twin Towers fell. It turns out, the culprit may have been the mayor's emergency command bunker inside. The New York Times reports that the building had several hidden caches of diesel fuel to power generators for the command bunker. It was stored in and under the building and may have caught fire, weakening the structure in the same way that thousands of gallons of jet fuel weakened the steel in the Twin Towers. According to the Times, there was a 6,000 gallon tank on the second floor, and four tanks holding up to 36,000 gallons of fuel in the basement.
  • December 18, 2001: To honor those killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President Bush created a new holiday. September 11th will now be known as Patriot Day.
  • December 18, 2001: A group of relatives of those killed in the September, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center have chosen to blame the building, instead of the terrorists, for the deaths. They are demanding that the Federal Emergency Management Agency launch an investigation into the event, and the design and construction of the Twin Towers. In their opinion, the towers should have been designed to withstand the impact of a pair of jumbo jets and the intense heat created by the burning of thousands of gallons of aviation fuel. Some engineers believe the Twin Towers fireproofing was inadequate. Others say it met strict safety standards and no fireproofing could withstand a blaze that hot raging for as long as it did. Some relatives believe the plane is to blame and should have withstood a 500-mile-an-hour impact.
  • December 19, 2001: After more than three months, the rubble of the World Trade Center stopped smoking. New York Governor George Pataki announced that the fires are finally out. A fire truck remained on the scene as hot spots continue to flare up when debris is moved.
  • December 20, 2001: The number of people killed and missing in the attack on the World Trade Center is lowered. The tally is now 2,789. Early estimates were as high as 6,700 but that number has been falling because many names were duplicated, or the people in question turned up elsewhere.
  • December 20, 2001: A New Hampshire woman has become the first to sue an airline for the September, 2001 terrorist attacks. USA Today reports Ellen Mariani is taking United Airlines to court. She claims it was the airline's negligence that led to the death of her husband when the jet he was on was taken over by hijackers and slammed into the World Trade Center.
  • December 21, 2001 - CBS News reports the U.S. Government has come up with a mathematical formula for compensating the families of the victims of the September, 2001 terrorist attacks. Essentially, the government uses the victim's annual salary, adds an amount for pain and suffering, subtracts aid already received in the form of life insurance government assistance or pensions. The final amount is tax-free, and recipients are allowed to keep any private charitable assistance they receive. The lowest amount anyone would receive is $300,000.00. The most: $3,800,000.00. The average award is expected to be $1,600,000.00. In order to collect, the recipients must agree not to sue anyone.
  • December 25, 2001: The United Nations estimates that the attacks on America and their economic ramifications put 24,000,000 people around the world out of work, and pushed another 15,000,000 deeper into poverty.
  • December 30, 2001: A platform was erected overlooking the recovery site. Tourists are be allowed onto the platform for viewing sessions 400 at a time.
  • January 10, 2002: Recovery crews reach a milestone. 1,000,000 tons of debris have been removed.
  • January 10, 2002: Crews at the World Trade Center site in New York have uncovered a PATH commuter train in the rubble. It was one of several buried when the twin towers collapsed. No one was on board at the time because the train was out of service. When jets hit the towers, the subway and PATH stations were evacuated and all of the trains sent back to New Jersey.
  • January 14, 2002: City Hall Park reopens to the public.
  • January 14, 2002: Crain's New York Business reports the owner of Seven World Trade Center has decided to rebuild the 47-story building.
  • January 15, 2002: Controversy arises over a World Trade Center memorial statue. Fox News Channel reports it would depict the famous scene shot by a New Jersey newspaper photographer when three New York City firefighters standing on a smoldering pile of debris raised an American flag. The proposed statue would depict a white man, a black man, and an Hispanic man. In reality, it was three white firefighters who carried out the act. Critics say it's an attempt to rewrite history, a slap in the face of those men, and an example of political correctness gone too far.
  • January 17, 2002: Minnesota Public Radio reports that much of the debris from the collapse of the World Trade Center will be recycled. A company is picking through the rubble at the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island. Some of the steel is so dense and strong that one linear foot weighs over 1,000 pounds. It will be melted down and used for things like automobiles and other buildings.
  • January 29, 2002: The New York Post reports that a dozen Port Authority employees have been charged with stealing almost $20,000.00 from relief funds set up for the survivors of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The Port Authority workers told aid workers that their homes were damaged and that they were unable to work since the attacks, when in reality they were gainfully employed.
  • February 10, 2002: Five months after the Twin Towers collapsed, the bodies of five Port Authority police officers have been found. They were helping an obese woman escape from the World Trade Center when the building collapsed, killing them all.
  • February 11, 2002: A study of air samples taken in lower Manhattan in the weeks after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center shows record pollution. Much of the harmful particles are sulfur and silicon which became airborne when tons of jet fuel and glass burned. According to the University of California, the levels were even higher than those experienced by Gulf War troops who later complained of mysterious ailments.
  • March 7, 2002: CNN reports that there are concerns about the speed of the World Trade Center cleanup. It is currently ahead of schedule, and some say it's happening too fast. They fear that evidence is being destroyed as the buildings' remains are melted down for scrap.
  • March 11, 2002 - 8:46am: Exactly six months after the terrorist attacks a memorial service is held. At dusk, two powerful beams of light are illuminated from 88 bulbs to create a pair of shafts rising into the sky as a memorial to those who died.
  • April 30, 2002: Plans are bring drawn up for rebuilding the area now known as "Ground Zero." Six different plans incorporating a memorial, office, retail, and mobility are due by July. A final plan will be put together by December, 2002.
  • May 1, 2002: A report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency concludes that the strength of the Twin Towers helped save thousands of lives. The report says it may never be possible to build a fireproof building, but applauds the towers and their creators for the fact that they managed to stay standing as long as they did even after being hit by passenger jets.
  • May 13, 2002: American Express employees return to the World Financial Center.
  • May 21, 2002: The New Mexico Business Journal reports that two steel beams from the World Trade Center have been donated to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Albuquerque. They will be used to construct a $100,000 bell tower as a memorial to the victims of the September 11th attacks.
  • May 30, 2002 - 10:29am: In a solemn ceremony, cleanup ends at the former site of the World Trade Center. Workers used rakes to comb the dirt for any last pieces of the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks, but 850 people are still missing and will probably never be found. In all, 20,000 body parts were recovered. 1,800,000 tons of rubble were removed. The last steel beam was cut down and draped with an America flag as it left the site, symbolizing those who had been lost, but not found. The beam and a procession of New York police and firemen moved through the streets of lower Manhattan while crowds of people watched in person, and millions watched on televisions around the world.
  • June 14, 2002: An American flag found in ther debris of the World Trade Center is returned to New York for Flag Day after being taken into orbit on the space shuttle Endeavour.
  • June 24, 2002: The last of the body recovery crews leaves Ground Zero. All hope of finding any more human remains is lost.
  • July 7, 2002: A detailed review of the events of September 11, 2001 shows that the communications network used by New York firefighters during the World Trade Cneter attacks failed repeatedly. Police helicopters warned that the north tower would collapse 21 minutes before it happened, but that information naver made it to fire department personnel, who lost their lives when the tower came down.
  • July 1, 2002: The deadline for proposals for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.
  • July 15, 2002: The Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island is closed. It was the site where rubble from the World Trade Center was processed for evidence and human remains. A solemn ceremony is held to mark the occasion.
  • July 16, 2002: Six plans for rebuilding the World Trade Center are unveiled. None of the buildings are as tall as the originals.
  • July 20, 2002: 4,000 people gather at the Javits Convention Center to see the proposals for the new World Trade Center. They don't like what they see, calling the ideas boring, uninspiring, and unworthy of the site's historic legacy. Designers say they had little choice since the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey required that all of the rentable floor space from the original center be recreated.
  • July 21, 2002: The people leading the rebuilding of the World Trade Center decide to re-think the requirement that all of the commercial space be recreated.
  • July 24, 2002: KMBC Television in Kansas City reports that a two-inch replica of a Kansas CIty Chiefs football has been found in the rubble by police sergeant Michel Mayer. It is believed to have come from someone's desk in the World Trade Center, and has now been returned to the football team.
  • July 24, 2002: The New York Times reports that in spite of grants and cheaper rent the city is still having a hard time keeping businesses from moving out of lower Manhattan.
  • July 25, 2002: The House of Representatives votes to hold a special Congressional session in New York on September 6, 2002.
  • July 26, 2002: The last of 5,000 yards of cement is poured for the new subway station beneath Ground Zero. Contractors worked around the clock to get the job done ahead of schedule and reap a $3,000,000 bonus from the federal government.
  • July 29, 2002: After being soundly thrashed for having uninteresting ideas for rebuilding the World Trade Center, the competition has been opened up to more architects.
  • July 30, 2002: CBS News reports that millions of dollars given to the Red Cross to aid victims and families of the September 11th terrorist attacks will never make it to the people who deserve it. The problem is that the money was given to local Red Cross offices across the country, and quite a few kept it for themselves. Blame is place on poor record keeping, and the ability of the local offices to selfishly "code" national donations as being for local emergencies.
  • August 4, 2002: The New York Times reports that the real estate company that controls the World Trade Center lease lost $8,200,000,000 in the attacks.
  • August 5, 2002: 66 people are arrested, dozens more are charged and thousands expected to be charged with fraud. When communications were knocked out during the attacks, the Municipal Credit Union allowed people to make ATM withdrawals without verifying the amount available in their accounts. Some people took advantage of the situation to the tune of $15,000,000. These are obviously not the brightest people in the world, since they took money out of their own accounts and since it was an employee credit union, the bank knows where they live, where they work, and how to find them.
  • August 6, 2002: The City of New York unveils its plans for September 11, 2002 -- the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks. They include bagpipers marching to ground zero, a visit from President Bush, and the reading of the name of every person killed in the terrorist attacks. Ideas from people all over the world were taken into account. The family members of those killed will lay roses at ground zero -- an idea from someone in Australia. And at the suggestion of someone in Illinois, there will be concerts at sunset in all five boroughs.
  • August 15, 2002: A plaque is unveiled containing the names of all 2,801 people who died at the World Trade Center. The "Wall of Rememberance" overlooks Ground Zero.
  • August 20, 2002: The number of people killed at the World Trade Center has been revised to 2,819. Four names were dropped from the list. One was a woman who was listed under both her maiden and married name. The other three are just names with no contact information for the medical examiner to follow up on.
  • August 21, 2002: The National Institute of Standards and Technology begins a two-year test of the beams recovered at Ground Zero. The government agency is spending $23,000,000 to analyze 100 pieces recovered and figure out why the towers fell.
  • August 22, 2002: WCBS Television reports the governors of New York and New Jersey will rename Newark International Airport in New Jersey "Liberty International Airport" in honor of those killed in the terrorist attacks. It eventually ends up with the name "Newark Liberty International Airport" and keeps its EWR designator.
  • August 26, 2002: Two more names are removed from the list of the deceased. One man was found in a hospital suffering from amnesia. Another was found in a mental institution.
  • September 3, 2002: The New York Times reports that lower Manhattan is now more vulnerable to lightning strikes because of the destruction of the World Trade Center. Previously, the huge towers would ground lightning strikes for a wide part of the island. With the buildings gone, others towers are being hit that were never hit before.
  • September 10, 2002: The Standard and Poors futures index closes at 911.00.
  • September 11, 2002: The city, the nation, and the world pause to remember the terrorist attacks one year ago. Tens of thousands of public and private ceremonies are held from New York to Russia to Antarctica.
  • September 11, 2002: The New York State Lottery Pick Three numbers on this date are 9, 1, and 1.
  • September 15, 2002: Three subway stations closed by the collapse of the Twin Towers have reopened. The South Ferry, Rector Street, and Cortlandt Street stations were severely damaged. Repairs cost $100,000,000.
  • December 9, 2002: The National Institute of Standards and Technology asks the public to submit copies of all of their World Trade Center collapse photographs and videos so they can be studied to determine exactly how and why the towers failed.
  • December 25, 2002: WABC Television reports that some of the beams from the World Trade Center may be melted down and used in the bow of the Navy's new U.S.S. New York, under construction in Mississippi. The steel has already been dug up from the Fresh Kills landfill and is being tested to see if it is usable.
  • February 27, 2003: The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey choose the design by Studio Daniel Libeskind of Berlin, Germany to replace the World Trade Center. It will erect what was then considered to be the world's tallest building -- a 1,776-foot-tall spire highlighted by a dramatic vertical garden in the sky. The Libeskind design was judged to be best overall based on 12 criteria including price, public response, vision, connectivity, public space, and how the victims of the September 11th attacks would be memorialized. That memorial design was a large open pit representing Ground Zero and the "bathtub" where the remains of many of the victims were found. The bathtub is a subterranean concrete structure designed to keep the water from flooding the basement of the World Trade Center. But it became sacred ground to many as more and more bodies were pulled from the debris.
  • March 17, 2003: The Sacramento Bee reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was wrong when it told people the air near Ground Zero in New York was safe to breathe after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. The newspaper cites an internal E.P.A. investigation that found the agency used a scale that would have allowed air 100 times more contaminated than current safety ratings to be considered safe. The Mount Sinai Medical Center has since found that more than half of the people working at Ground Zero suffered from breathing problems a year later.
  • April 24, 2003: New York governor George Pataki outlined his timeline for progress on the rebuilding of the World Trade Center's twin towers, now called the Freedom Tower. He believed the steel superstructure of the tower would be complete by September 11, 2006. His vision also included the opening of the PATH and Fulton transit centers by that date, and significant work on the World Trade Center memorial. The New York Times reported that the governor wants his office to be the first tenant in the new skyscraper, which he believed would be finished in 2008.
  • May 8, 2003: A judge rules that Osma bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, and others owe the families of two World Trade Center victims $104,000,000.
  • May 8, 2003: The New York Times reports that the twin towers of the World Trade Center may never have been tested for fire. Basic tests are needed to ensure that a skyscraper is safe. In spite of decades of assurances from the Port Authroity of New York and New Jersey, federal investigators believe that fire tests were not done on the towers. The massive fire is believed to be the root cause for the collapse of the two towers -- not the impact of a pair of jumbo jets.
  • June 24, 2003: Hugo Martinez becomes the first person to die at the World Trade Center site since the September 11, 2001 attacks. The construction worker was crushed to death by a piece of steel.
  • September 8, 2003: The last firefighter killed in the World Trade Center collapse was laid to rest. Michael Ragusa's remains were never found, so a vial of his blood donated to a bone marrow center was placed in a coffin for the funeral. In all, 343 firefighters lost their lives when the Twin Towers came down.
  • April 29, 2004: A judge rules that the pair of attacks on the Twin Towers was one event, and thus the owner can only collect on his insurance policy once.
  • July 4, 2004: Groundbreaking for the twin towers' replacement, The Freedom Tower.
  • December 16, 2004: The World Trade Center victims memorial was revised. The plan included a Memorial Hall between the reflecting pools to mark the footprints of the former twin towers. It also included a grove of oak trees with a clearing for memorial services, and public access to the stumps of the columns that once held the Twin Towers aloft. The memorial was expected to cost $500,000.00 and be completed by 2009.
  • April 18, 2008: Pope Benedict XVI blessed the ground where the World Trade Center's twin towers once stood.
  • July 10, 2008: A New York Supreme Court ruling restored Sneha Anne Philip's name to the list of people killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, making the number of people who died at the World Trade Center officially 2,751.
  • January 16, 2009: A man who died from cancer he got from exposure to toxic dust during the World Trade Center collapse was classified as a homicide and added to the list of those killed. The total number of people killed in terrorist attacks on New York was updated to 2,752.

  • Famous architect Philip Johnson believed the twin towers ruined New York's skyline.
  • People against the World Trade Center development sued to have it stopped believing the project would cost the Port Authority its tax-exempt status.
  • The city's television stations fought to have the twin towers stopped because they would interfere with TV signals. They took the fight to congress and the FCC. The FCC decided it didn't have jurisdiction over construction projects. The developers agreed to have the transmitters moved to the twin towers in exchange for getting the buildings approved by the city, but in 1973 tried unsuccessfully to back out of the deal.

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**Freedom Tower - Twin Towers replacement, New York
**World Trade Center Transportation Hub, New York
**Reflecting Absence - World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial
**Two World Trade Center, New York
**Three World Trade Center, New York
**Four World Trade Center, New York

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  • The builders of the World Trade Center claimed the twin towers were the first buildings with a robotic window cleaning system.
May we never forget those lost here and may they always rest in peace.
Bernard B. Kerlik NYPD"
Graffiti scrawled on a wooden railing of the observation platform at Ground Zero by New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerlik

" We will never build where the towers stood "
-New York Governor George Pataki, 1 July, 2002

"...I sometimes don't want to believe it really happened. The only thing is I can't forget was the sound of the steel just before the first tower fell. I knew what was happening at just that moment, even though my view was obstructed my the building directly across from me. I was on the 22nd floor roof, I had just returned from the front of the WTC where a firemen told me he didn't need my help but to just get out of the street and get away from the building. I went back to 2 Chase where the men were still up on the roof and was telling them to get off the roof when I heard the sound of steel riping. I knew the building was coming down and said, "Oh My God." When I looked over the roof wall I could believe the cloud of dust and debris that was already coming up the building toward me. We all ran and just made it inside the roof door! We'll it got crazy from then on in! What really surprised me was that people didn't panic the way I thought they would. Even later that day walking almost 200 blocks home on the FDR Drive people were in shock and disbelief, but it wasn't panic.Hundreds of thousands of people on the FDR Drive walking in a way I can't explain. We were at war and under attack and people helping each other just trying to get home and let friends and loved ones know they were alright. We are a powerful nation and that day showed me something about this nation, we can survive anything!"

-Louis Briendel, The Bronx

"About 15 floors down from the top, it looks like it's glowing red... It's inevitable."
-Aviation 14 (New York City police helicopter)

"I don't think this has too much longer to go. I would evacuate all people within the area of that second building."
-Another police pilot.
Both quotes as transcribed from police tapes by the New York Times, 7 July, 2002.

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Thursday, February 9th, 2012 @ 5:11pm
i think the twin towers should be rebuilt with all the names of people who died in 9/11 on the sides... im only 13 bt i know that the familys and friends would be happy to drive or walk by the new and improved twin towers seeing the face of there loved one(s)!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 @ 3:50pm
Wait is 10,000,000 the total of both towers or each tower? One of my previous comments may be wrong.

Frank M. Mateja III
Saturday, September 10th, 2011 @ 7:10pm
I would like to thank everyone and all the nations you represent for the kind words. I am 42 and have been to New York and have driven by it especially in the early morning just in time to see the suns reflection glowing in the Towers. "What a beautiful sight!" I have also had the pleasure of flying the "corridor" right by the Twin Towers and around "The Lady" in the harbor with my wife. My two sons will never have the pleasure of viewing these two icons of our American heritage, only in pictures. There is not a day that goes by that my heart does not sink in remeberance of all the Hero's lost on September 11, 2011 in New York at the Pentagon and of course in Somerset County at Shanksville, PA. May we all look to these people in our own times when we feel overwhelmed, to acknowledge that these people knew that danger awaited, but still they put their lives on the line to save their fellow man(woman). I am not asking you to be Americans, but the best you can be to yourselves and your family. Do not let anyone ever run your life or strike fear in you, preventing you from doing anything. "Our greatest Victory is not in never falling, But rising everytime We fall."

Sunday, September 4th, 2011 @ 7:28am
I am Ukrainian. I am just 60. I’ve never crossed the border of my country, but I love New-York during all my life long, and at the coming very sad anniversary of the tragedy of New-York I decide to write this response. I remember that terrible picture. A crowd stood at a long distance. All they in horror were watching at the falling buildings. They could do nothing for those suffering people into the buildings. Just stand and watch, just cry and pray. All it looked like crying women before dying Christ on the Cross. I was deeply touched with this. Thanks to God that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the death and appeared with greatest glory, greatest power and strength for our believing and your salvation, but unfortunately concerning the fallen buildings we can watch only at the two painful open graves of them. I ask a question to America: “is it more difficult task for America now to rebuild them, than it was in 1931 when was build ‘Empire State Building’?!... which was the greatest symbol of America for many years, but unfortunately that, that old symbol has to remain to be the very symbol of America till now!!! No doubt, that the “Freedom Tower” hardly is able to change this, because many counties today have such kind of buildings, besides it is not too much correct thing to put such a building (with the honor name: “Freedom Tower” and with the restaurant on the top) to the place of biggest sorrow of New-York(better to say, of all America). Only the rebuild latest symbol(which was the twins) is able to change that shameful situation of that “Pearl Harbor-2.” Obviously, that the spire of the new twins must be over than 2001feet, which means the pass of the sad date for new future America. I believe that with God’s help America will do it. GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!Sincerely yours, Vladek Baran. PS, sorry for my English.

Friday, September 2nd, 2011 @ 5:23am
Rating: Five stars.
No doubt that the Towers will be rebuilt. It is obvious thing that after that attack America has started to fade away, so as his enemies grow up with their power. All it is the very spiritual things, and it is very sad that not many understand this.

Vladimir Bogatov
Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 @ 2:52pm
Rating: Five stars.
In memory of those who died during the 9/11 terrorist attack.In my opinion, the most inexpensive and effective system for really safe and comfortable evacuation of people from skyscrapers is Russian fire-evacuation system Automatic Rescue Climber - ARC (especially it is already used on some skyscrapers):

Olga Victoria Ruales
Monday, June 27th, 2011 @ 10:55pm
We must all come together, particularly the millionaires in New York should come together to build towers, bigger the twin towers and so prove to the terrorists and all those who want to destroy the United States they can not defeat us because we are a strong country with many blessings, GOD BLESS AMERICA :-))

Boca Raton SEO
Friday, June 24th, 2011 @ 5:57am
Rating: Five stars.
When the attacks on America happened I was shocked to see the Twin Towers collapse and the resulting huge loss of life. America must not give in to these terrorists. We need to stand together and fight as united should do

Sunday, June 19th, 2011 @ 8:18am
I like the new building. It looks wonderful. I cannot wait to visit it someday. Unfortunately everyone in the United States and in many other countries lost more than relatives, co-workers, friends, neighbors and acquaintances that day. We also lost our freedom, and our sense of security. The destruction was senseless. But if there is a purpose to be served, it is my hope that we all learn to accept one another for who we are and what we believe. If we don't strive to work toward this goal then people who commit acts like that one will have accomplished what they set out to do. Which is to make all others live with their oppression.

Hazael Moreno
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 @ 6:54pm
To Ben Mighall, I read your comment several times analyzing it very thoroughly... and I think I understand you. I'm 15 now too, or five days from there, and I was pulled out of school that day when that happened, and I too understood, but I think you are going about this the wrong way. People everywhere live with hatred in their hearts and will kill because of that, so why should you? Just a suggestion.

Ben Mighall
Saturday, January 29th, 2011 @ 4:24pm
Rating: Five stars.
I remember the day it happened and where I was: I was in class (in kindergarten at the time) and our teacher, Michele, walked into the room in tears and told us what happened. The other kids were mostly confused, but right away I knew what had happened and I started to cry. That moment, that memory has haunted me to this day and made me an american patriot. Although I am only 15 now, I am joining the military and will also do my duty such as the brave men and women overseas are now doing. Two more things: -To the people of New York and the rest of America: have faith in our country and our military and stay strong. God Bless You All!AND TO ALL YOU TERRORISTS OUT THERE: LOOK OUT, BECAUSE I'M COMING TO GET YOU. AND WHEN I FIND YOU, I'M GOING TO BEAT THE PULP OUT OF YOU, YOU SCUM, AND THEN AFTER YOU'VE HAD YOUR PAIN, i'M GOING TO GIVE IT TO YOU AGAIN 2,753 TIMES TO MAKE UP FOR THE PAIN OF THOSE WHO DIED. AND THEN I'M GOING TO KILL YOU. DON'T WORRY THOUGH, EVEN IF I DIE, I HAVE THE WHOLE OF THE USA BEHIND ME WAITING TO DO THE SAME.LONG LIVE THE USA AND GOD BLESS US ALL!

Peter Walukiewicz
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 @ 6:01am
Rating: Five stars.
If the Press and the media really listened to what "We the People" really wanted rebuilt at the WTC site, we would be looking at new Twin Towers by now. Buried deep in the LMDC's FGEIS (Final Generic Environmental Impact statement) was something called the "Restoration Alternative." Which, would have restored the entire WTC site, to it's pre-9/11 condition. Governor Pataki and his minions doomed the site from the start. And now, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, they are building the King Abdullah Financial center. At it's centerpeice, is a Twin Tower complex. It will be called "The World Trade Center." It is being built, by "The Saudi Binladin Group!"

Thursday, October 14th, 2010 @ 8:32pm
ppl come on they gotta rebuild the twin towers to show the terrorists that were not scared to fight! and we don't need the freedom tower cause it's made out of glass and it's not strong enough

Saturday, September 11th, 2010 @ 11:29pm
Rating: Five stars.
God Bless America and all that live in this great country of ours!

Ugly James
Saturday, September 11th, 2010 @ 3:36pm
Rating: Five stars.
I like the new building. It looks wonderful. I cannot wait to visit it someday. Unfortunately everyone in the United States and in many other countries lost more than relatives, co-workers, friends, neighbors and acquaintances that day. We also lost our freedom, and our sense of security. The destruction was senseless. But if there is a purpose to be served, it is my hope that we all learn to accept one another for who we are and what we believe. If we don't strive to work toward this goal then people who commit acts like that one will have accomplished what they set out to do. Which is to make all others live with their oppression.

Darren Paintain
Thursday, September 9th, 2010 @ 10:32pm
Rating: Five stars.

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Monday, May 17th, 2010 @ 4:30pm
Rating: Five stars.
this is so nice supporting the towers!!

Ezi Suhaini Idrus
Sunday, October 4th, 2009 @ 12:07pm
Rating: Five stars.
My condolences to all the family members, colleagues and friends of those who were the victims of this brutal attack.

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 @ 4:08pm
Rating: One star.
I like the Twin Towers, and i miss the twin towers.

anne walsh
Monday, September 7th, 2009 @ 6:22pm
Rating: Five stars.
I think about all people who died on sept 11th years go bye but you all will be in my prayers ......god bless x

Christopher S. Ligety
Friday, June 5th, 2009 @ 3:24am
Rating: Five stars.
WTC Respect, and to all who were lost on that tragic day. We've all been left with bad memories, but we still have all the good ones to remember. Bless the families to all of the fallen heroes.

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 @ 12:44pm
Rating: Five stars.
I visited the Twin Towers 2 weeks before it went down, and it was sad to see them collapse.

Saturday, March 14th, 2009 @ 10:23am
Rating: Five stars.
To the heros of THE WORLD TRADE CENTRE, those that walked away, and to those that slipped away you are never far from my thoughts... My thoughs are also with family & friends of the 9/11 attacks, The heros on flight 93, and unsung heros of 9/11 GOD BLESS...

Priscilla Concepcion
Thursday, March 5th, 2009 @ 8:10pm
Rating: Five stars.
This was a horrible thing my heart goes out to all of the families,,

Thursday, December 4th, 2008 @ 4:45am
its really pathetic,the whole world was ashamed n terrorism path,they should be punished mercilessly,the persons thouse who are participated n helped for this attack has to be hang 100times after the death also,i hope all their souls got piece

Friday, October 31st, 2008 @ 3:17pm
When i first seen on the news about 9/11 I was Thinking god pls help thes ppl to get out alright. I feel so Sorry for all the ppl that wher Lost in the Towers. and thinking about the firemen'sthat risked there life's to help the life's of others. My heart gose out to ever one that lost there lifes on that tragedy day. And the family's who Lost there Loved ones. God Bless The U.S.A

Monday, October 13th, 2008 @ 3:33pm
The Twin Towers were a huge landmark in New York and they will be missed. God bless those brave people on that sad day and all their famillies. i pray that good will always triumph over evil, but I still keep asking why?

matthew aged 7 wales
Monday, October 13th, 2008 @ 3:30pm
I really like the twin towers. In school I pray for the people who lost their lives and I was not born when it happened but I will never forget them.

james mcleary
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 @ 6:22am
i was on my first holiday to america when the terror happened and my heart went out to all the victoms of the terrorist attacks god be with the people that died rest in peace in gods name .......

james mcleary
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 @ 6:19am
Rating: Five stars.
RIP all you brave people ..

Scott Miller
Saturday, September 27th, 2008 @ 11:53am
Rating: Five stars.
As a Retired Soldier, I watched the events fold on that horrific day. I was flabergasted and wanted revenge. After those thoughts, my family and I prayed for those who were there in that peril. as ADMIRAL YAMAMOTA said "ALL WE DID WAS WAKE A SLEEPING GIANT AND FILL HIM WITH A TERRIBLE RESOLVE." Those terrorists did precisely that. I pray everyday for those who perished that day, shed a tear for them and hope that we catch those infadels. "GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THOSE WHO MAKE AMERICA, AMERICA!!"

Friday, September 12th, 2008 @ 5:35pm
Rating: Five stars.
For all those who died that day, please, for the sake of America, the ppl who we lost that day and the events to follow, please take a moment of silence in front of your national flag, and thank you for supporting the US

Cory Luke
Friday, September 12th, 2008 @ 1:26pm
I helped in the Staten Island clean up that is some thing i will never forget.

Thursday, September 11th, 2008 @ 2:30pm
Rating: Five stars.
it being 7 years since 9/11 i still think about it all of the time and i will never be able to forget about it

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 @ 7:07am
Rating: Five stars.
i was in the world trade centres in august of 2001 and i am going back there for the 1st time sice in dec of this year. i am not looking forward to seeing the sight. god bless the people of new york and god will always be with all have great strenght and courage to carry on. god be with you all.

Ed Dishmon
Monday, July 21st, 2008 @ 1:00pm
Rating: Five stars.
I delivered a load of rebar to Ground Zero. I was not prepared for the wave of emotions the broke against me. Pain, anger and, yes, hate.While being unloaded, A victim was found.Work stopped while he was recovered. I started sobbing and could not stop.One of the workers came over and touched his hardhat to mineand held me until I got ahold of myself.

Richard Preston
Sunday, June 15th, 2008 @ 1:51pm
Rating: Five stars.
Like the many postings below, I too think that the buildings should have been rebuilt. I visited the observation deck in 1976 and many times since. My last visit with my sons was in 1999. The experience of putting your toes up against the floor to ceiling glass windows made you feel like you were flying. Having the second tower you could see offered a sense of scale was an important part of the experience. I liked the bold parallel lines of the stainless steel ribs that soared to the top and created a stylized Gothic arch two stories above the plaza. You could see these buildings from just about everywhere in the NYC area. I miss being able to see it in the distance as you looked downtown on Sixth from Mid-town.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008 @ 9:48am
god blees the all peoples.........

Friday, May 16th, 2008 @ 5:57pm
Rating: Five stars.
Having just visited New York for the first time and visited ground zero I have to say what an emotional moment this was for me. Nearly 7 years on this act of cowardice and treachery to fellow human beings is not forgotton or forgiven. I look forward to revisiting when the freedom tower is complete. Together we will stand united against these yellow spined freaks.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 @ 2:42am
i am sorry for my late condolence and i hope there is peace and happiness now for those who lost their loved ones.terrorists should be punished mercilesly for taking lives of innocent people

Daniel Wood
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 @ 5:35pm
Rating: Five stars.
It is really sad and if you dont think of it being sad, you could of been the one dying in pain, and jumping out windows, and even dying without seeing your kids, wife, husband, family, or even your best friend. Well I hope they rebuild the building. Im sorry for your friends and family that died in the building.

Friday, April 18th, 2008 @ 1:01pm
Rating: Five stars.
We MUST rebuild the towers and they must be exactly the same height and they should be built to the exact same size to show those sissies in the middle east that we CANT BE DESTROYEDGOD BLESS AMERICA and the people of new york city

Philip Hamlin
Saturday, April 5th, 2008 @ 8:05pm
Rating: Five stars.
I am sorry to be never able to never stand on these great structures but I am more sorry for the loss of life.

John Symons
Sunday, February 10th, 2008 @ 7:15pm
Rating: Five stars.
My wife and I visited New York and thoroughly enjoyed that magnificant city that never sleeps. It is hard to imagine what the city now looks like after 9/11 and my heart goes out to you. Move on and rebuild as you are doing, bigger, stronger and indeed impressive. God bless you all. John

Thursday, January 17th, 2008 @ 5:56am
Rating: Five stars.
remarkable building, to be remembered forever and always. god bless america, and the people that died

Thursday, December 27th, 2007 @ 3:59pm
Rating: Five stars.
i have been to new york many times but all after 9/11. i remember seeing those magnificient towers shadowing over the big apple. they were an awesome sight to behold. i only ever wished i could of seen the for real. the new york skyline will never be the same without them. i am an irish male wishing to be a proud american . god bless u all and never let those terrorist win.

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007 @ 5:40am
Rating: Five stars.
it was really hard for me to believe but may God bless all those that lost their lives in 9/11.may their soul rest in peace.AMEN

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 @ 9:30am
Rating: Four stars.
My condolence to all families and vicims involved on this situation

Bobby Bath
Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 @ 1:27pm
Rating: Five stars.
god has a plan for us all that day was filled with pain and horror,one that we will never should forget to the people who lost family members that day my heart goes out to you an i hope that somehow you will be able to carry on with your life in a way that would make lost one feel proud of you God Bless

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007 @ 6:34pm
I went to ground zero and I cried. The people of New York and the rest of us who fight for the U.S.A. are so brave and proud. God Bless all the victims of 9/11 and to all the troops fighting for our freedom.

Monday, October 15th, 2007 @ 7:05am
Rating: Four stars.
Still i heard the voice of the persons who were the witnesses of the terrible.....blast.I pray to God that... Those terrible history may not repeat again.

Andrew Walker
Monday, August 13th, 2007 @ 7:58pm
Rating: Five stars.
This act will not be forgotten, and whilst there are thsoe who may squabble over the legalities of our nation's current wars one thing remains strong, freedom will win - Britian and America have fought side by side for 70 years against those who persecute and discriminate, those who control and manipulate and those who commit unspeakable acts and masacre those because of their beliefs or colour of their skin. Liberty and Democracy are choices - but choices which everyone should have the right to make! Long live America and Long live Britain - together defending the ideals of freedom!

Sunday, July 29th, 2007 @ 9:51pm
I am feeling so sorry for all the people that lost their lives that day. It was so sad. I will never forget about the World Trade Center and all the people that lost their families that day. I want New York to be rebuilt another day for a sweet memory and for the terrorists to know that only America is the best! So please rebuilt the twin towers so the terrorists can know that they will never succeed even if they try! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!

Saturday, July 21st, 2007 @ 5:01pm
Rating: Five stars.
Beautiful presentation but must say what a day. i sat there watching many individuals removed from what life had to offer. god has a plan, he has his reasons

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007 @ 1:38pm
The twin Towers should be rebuild agian taller than before,, that will give the message to terrors, their attacks will not be changed the actual strength of America. God Bless America & Americans

hayden palmer
Sunday, July 15th, 2007 @ 4:54am
Rating: Three stars.
i think that the people whe comitted this act should pay. we should fight back againt these sick people! we will win this war no matter what!

nancy gonzalez
Monday, June 25th, 2007 @ 7:26pm
up to this day i still remember the morning of september/11/2001 like if it just hapen that was the sadest morning and all that inocent people that left this world will always be in the memories of each AMERICAN CITIZEN GOD BLESS AMERICA AND ALL THE INOCENT PEOPLE THAT US LOST AND THERE FAMILIES.

Thursday, June 14th, 2007 @ 5:27pm
Rating: Five stars.
9/11 was such a tragic day. I say build the SAME two towers, prove to everyone that they can never take them down.

Monday, May 28th, 2007 @ 9:11am
Rating: Five stars.
we still shed a tear for Americas loss on that terrible day.We must all hold our heads up and be proud of our great nations.Great Britain will always stand by you America!God bless America God save the Queen

Thursday, May 24th, 2007 @ 2:30pm
I feel very sad about the distruction of the WTC by heartless people. God will judge the. Bush my man, do not worry, make urgent plans to re-build it is a pride of the USA.

Dayanand sutar
Sunday, May 20th, 2007 @ 7:29am
Rating: Four stars.
I think this act of terrorism is disgusting act of socciety from that time when i heard this news. Till this time I feel very bad about it, I cant just believe its in true, just I wantend to which you that GOD BLESS YOU NEW YORK. We pray forever.

ashley biddlecome
Friday, May 4th, 2007 @ 1:42pm
Rating: Four stars.
this is really sad i wish it didnt happen it is sad i have the movie and i havent had a chance to watch it yet but i probably will watch it this weekend

Pawel Slabiak
Thursday, April 19th, 2007 @ 5:43am
my heart and my feellings are always with the victims. I was there after 6 years i could not stop the tears....

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 @ 11:39pm
Rating: Four stars.
9/11 is a day that will NEVER be forgotten. I remember feeling numb and couldn´t believe my eyes when I watched tha attack on TV that very day. It was like watching a movie yet it was actually happening in real life, what a horrible nightmare. My heart goes out to the people who lost their lives and their loved ones. God bless.

Sunday, April 1st, 2007 @ 12:19am
I still cry at the thought we went thought this. But it was bound to happen.With what they were doing years before.But we cant forget this.We the USA were not the only ones hurt by this. Each county had people living in and around new york. yes even people who live over there.everyone was hurt.GOD BLESS

jose gonza;ez
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 @ 12:32pm
Rating: Five stars.
i loved those twin tower i cried when i seen that happend so sad god bless america and the twin towers i love you new york

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 @ 10:47am
This will stay with the people of the United States forever.

Sunday, March 11th, 2007 @ 1:16am
Rating: Five stars.
I will never forget that tragic day of September 11,2001. Even though it sickens me everytime I look at the NYC skyline and to feel the pain and emptyness, I feel that the Freedom tower will be a great symbol of American freedom and our will power to stand up to those skumbag Arabs that did this. I went to NYC twice and I went to the WTC. I went all the way up Tower 1, to the roof, and just to know that I will probably never have a moment like that again makes me sad. God bless America and to all those who died on 9/11 and those who are curently fighting for our Freedom!

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 @ 7:42pm
Rating: Five stars.
This building was outstanding. Should have been re built the same, just to show the world that the cowards that destroyed the WTC cant ever win.

Saturday, February 24th, 2007 @ 5:08am
Rating: Two stars.
went to the site july 2006. cried me a river of tears for the brave people lost and for the ones who lived. why build a new tower leave it as a garden.

Friday, February 23rd, 2007 @ 9:30am
God save the America.God bless those that died and injured in this horrible act.They killed over 2000 people for no reason.I belive that the terrorist should pay for what they did.I belive on KARMA.Let God judge them for what they did.God Save America.

Thursday, February 15th, 2007 @ 9:18pm
Rating: Five stars.
Like most things in life can be repaired. Cars, Computers, Children, Adults and yes-even buildings. We can over take it (the problem) or the problem can over take us. You have the People, The Equipment, Knowledge, Money and the WILL to WIN. You can and should. God Bless

Daniel Choe
Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 @ 4:48pm
Rating: Five stars.
I feel the same way as everyone else does. Why did the terrorists do that? It accomplished nothing. Absolutely nothing!

Saturday, January 20th, 2007 @ 12:15pm
Rating: Five stars.
My Great Uncle helped construct this masterpiece and not only do i love the building, I love how a nation responded to the evil of a few freaks who think that the us is bad. Who knew two giant pillars of concrete could create so much patriotism in Amercia. Never Forget 9/11

Marianne Clayton
Monday, January 8th, 2007 @ 7:24pm
Rating: Four stars.
Even as a Canadian i have deep feelings for what happened on the dark day of September 11, 2001 in New York City. I still get a lump in my throat today when looking at images of the twin towers that had smoke billowing out of them like they were two giant matches!! I was so moved with all the volunteer rescue workers that help clean the rubble & search for bodies....they truly are the hand of god!! But I still think of those that parished in on 9/11 & how inicent these people were & how they didnt deserve to die the way they did...all I can say is KARMA!!! ~RIP~ to those that passed on that day!!

pieter bergsma
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007 @ 11:28am
Rating: Five stars.
The WTC was a great building. But the new Freedom Tower will be a great tribute for all who has lost their lives on 9-11

Thursday, December 21st, 2006 @ 8:20am
peace for all that people witch died that day!

sudhakar manchala
Thursday, December 21st, 2006 @ 7:32am
Rating: One star.
Iam really sorry for my late condolence.Godbless America and Americans

Beth Luiz
Thursday, December 14th, 2006 @ 4:41am
Rating: Five stars.
To all that passed on, you will always be remembered and missed! To those who survived you will always be thankfull for life and to those who hurt our nation you too will always always be remembered and never forgotten and we will conquer and prevail for our nation is one of a kind and nothing can stop us! WE ARE THE PEOPLE and we work together to live!

Terry Lee Webb
Sunday, December 10th, 2006 @ 11:35am
Rating: Five stars.
God bless those that died and were injured in this horrible act of madness. Those that did this have lost their humanity long ago. The United States is in a War for its very survival. The good Lord willing, we will win the fight against third-world tyrants and subhumans.

Lizbeth Paguyo
Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 @ 11:54pm
Rating: Five stars.
New twin towers shouldrebuild? Why? Because World Trade Center belong to New York.Taller than before.Stronger and fireproof.More than 110 stories.I remember 9/11/01old twin towers wasdestroyed by two planes.I never forget forever!!I hope I will see newtwin towers of world trade center by 2012!!

Julie Pearsoll
Monday, October 23rd, 2006 @ 8:59pm
Rating: Four stars.
The U.S. gives to countries of need and helps when needed, why we were able to get help to sri lanka faster than we were able to get help to New Orleans, anyway,what does that have to do with the twin towers.??They were the most beautiful buildings, offering a sight maybe an insight into what was in front of you, if you looked deep and far enough you might see a light or a thousand lights. Day or night, the beauty, the the Brooklyn Bridge, several comments above indicate less, but, these, people have obviously never known freedom, peace, love, friendship and peace of heart. GOD BLESS AMERICA. and I pray for every soldier who serves, and gives and the people who write the negative.Your brother, sister, friend, could have been in that building

Blue Hawk
Monday, September 25th, 2006 @ 12:33am
Newyork is my favourite city in the whole world...its better to build two freedom towers instead of one, and its better to capture osama bin laden (the cockroach) and bring him to the top of freedom tower then thrown him out and let the world see what will happen to him. by the way osama bin laden is not a hero as some people think, He is a criminal, he distort the meaning of islam.islam is the religion of peace. god bless america and every place else.

marvin oliva
Wednesday, September 20th, 2006 @ 2:49am
Rating: Five stars.
the world trade center may have fallen into pieces but the UNITY and COURAGE of the american people will always prevail even in the most destructive force of evil.its a symbol of GREATNESS. MARTYRDOM for those who have perished...

Friday, September 15th, 2006 @ 2:37pm
let god be with the people who died and be rememberd.

Nelson Loo
Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 @ 5:40am
Rating: Five stars.
I wish this kind of Human made disaster will never ever happen again! God bless American. (Peace for the 5th year)

Brenda Cox
Monday, September 11th, 2006 @ 11:53pm
Rating: Five stars.
I would like to see the Tower 1 & 2 back in the same spot. Ill never forget that day and who was the cause of it.

Monday, September 11th, 2006 @ 10:48pm
Rating: Five stars.
the world trade center will always be remembered as a symbol of peace,brotherhood and prosperity and Greatness not only the USA but for all MANKIND...

James Wilson
Sunday, August 20th, 2006 @ 10:48am
Rating: Five stars.
It is hard to imagine that it has been 5 years since my immediate family and I visited NYC (including the warmth of the NYC people) and the WTC area 5 months before terrorists destroyed the towers and the general area and murdered almost 3000 people. 3000 people from many countries here in this country to work, to live, to be apart of the American dream and to represent various nations and companies. Even though we may not live and work in NYC, my family has been and will always profoundly saddened about this dark event in our history, but also proud of the american spirit to grief about the fallen heroes, while rebuilding a new structure to represent America and the heroes. Having a law enforcement and military background, I will continue to have a brotherhood with the men and women that protect and serve the people of this nation, as well as, defend the innocent from criminals... foreign and domestic. God Bless America... My home sweet home.

Stephen Morier
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006 @ 12:01pm
Rating: Five stars.
As a kid, I always wanted to visit New York for many reasons, one being to see these giant buildings I'd seen my whole life on tv. I eventually made it to the USA in January 2005 and although the towers were gone - I could still visualise them and they looked great. The memory of these buildings will last forever in the minds and hearts of all of us and will remain there always.

yosef majidi
Monday, April 10th, 2006 @ 4:03pm
Rating: One star.
no body can not forget this terrorian doing and i sure at suitable time the world able to venge of the cleanhandeds

derek wheeler
Wednesday, February 1st, 2006 @ 11:20am
Rating: Two stars.
years later the events of 911 has really hit me, never having been to new york, i ve always wanted to go, and i now realize that life never will be the same, the towers were a symbol of mans ability to create good in the world, and in the end they now symbolize the overwhelming sadness that one should never experience. since it happened i felt anguish, and anger, but now i am seriously coming to grips with the fact that life will never be the same, god bless everyone

Elaina Duncan
Thursday, January 12th, 2006 @ 6:22pm
I belive that the terrorist should pay for what they did, because it is compleaty wrong. But I am glad that amercia took chrage, and tried to help the iraqies. By doing so I think that we can build, a strong relationship between us an southern arabia.I just hope we are not to late in doing so. trials and tribulations will come but praying to God can help with any problem that can be thought of.Food for thought all things are possible through Christ the Lord Jesus.Well God bless the USA.

Monday, December 5th, 2005 @ 11:51am
Rating: Five stars.
God save America, the Tower of the freedom is a challenge to proud. The only way to subtute the tween towers. Congratulations from Colombia!

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 @ 10:34am
It seems like yeasterday I was @ the WTC what a beautiful site.It also seems like yesterday that I was glued to my tv in terror.My husband is a firefighter and I was so scared for all of the people in the WTC.My heart and prayers go out to ALL of the families who lost someone on that horrible day in our nations history.

Friday, September 9th, 2005 @ 9:48am
Rating: Five stars.
i have never visited new york but its a place i hope to see in the future i just wish the towers were still there as i dont think its the same just visiting the was the most horrific attack i have ever witnessed on television and i dont think i will ever forget those very sad images. god bless you all. x

ooi yat fai
Wednesday, July 13th, 2005 @ 4:52am
Rating: Five stars.
i hope they will rebuilt the world trade center but with greater height.This is to show terrorists that even though they destroy the symbol of america,they will just continue going higher and higher .And i hope you kill osama(the coward)

Duane Bergman
Tuesday, June 14th, 2005 @ 10:39pm
Rating: Five stars.
I had the great privilege of working in the World Trade Centers, and happened not to be present on the day they were destroyed. Let me say that the buildings were heroic in themselves, in that they allowed 90% of their occupants at the time of the attacks to get to safety before they succumbed to the unbelievable heat of the fires within them. The firefighters and everyone involved did everything they could, but it was a day of destiny. I believe that our best course of action will be to build the towers back as they were, except to offset them so that the footprints of the original towers are left undisturbed- that is now hallowed ground. The new towers should be 120 stories, and should employ cage frame construction rather than open floor. They should be the tallest structures ever constructed, have the best evacuation and safety features in the world, and be protected by the most advanced defense system ever devised from both air and ground attack. This is a goal that I believe our nation, despite its flaws still the greatest this world has ever seen, can accomplish. Thank you.

Steve P
Thursday, May 26th, 2005 @ 8:16am
Rating: Five stars.
What an incredible loss this has been to the world. A complex of magnificent towers...the best in the world. These terrorists were only jealous that they cant ever have anything like those in their homeland! Let them be cursed! I think the new towers are looking good though (well on paper). Inonly hope that they will become the biggest once again in the world, fight off the tough competition in Asia and Dubai. Let New York hold the title of the World's tallest building... where it belongs! LAND OF THE FREE... HOME OF THE BRAVE!!

Friday, May 20th, 2005 @ 10:21pm
Rating: Five stars.
It is still upseting what hapened that sunny day in september, just the other day i was watching a movie called armageddon and a meteor shower hit NYC, they showed a view of the skyline after the shower hit, the crysler bldg. was in ruin, and the top 10 floors of of the south tower were halfway demolished and halfway burning, and many of the other skyscrapers were burning or were falling to the ground, it made me realize how unpredictable nature could be and how quickly such a mighty city could be deystroyed. GOD BLESS THE USA

kenneth Poncsak
Monday, April 18th, 2005 @ 12:08pm
Three and a half years ago the trade center was taken from me.It left a hole in my heart and in the sky.Many people were lost,many survived.Ostrages hide there heads in a hole in the ground,the proud the strong,place foundations in the holes in the ground and build great towers. The twin towers are gone.And in that great hole should be foundations for the rebirth of a strong,proud,tall,beautifull pair of towers that inspire the people not only of N.Y. but of the world.Concrete,glass and steel,mean nothing by themself but when formed by man these things can live forever both in thought and in body.The web shows many great new designs,updated,stronger,powerfull.Some are weak,empty,devoid of life.Build proud,strong not weak and empty.The time has come to STOP stalling and REBUILD the TWINS, MIGHTY,STRONG and TALL.WE as Americans Deserve nothing short of the very best.Time is waisting, REBUILD.

Vincent Guerriera
Wednesday, April 13th, 2005 @ 7:27pm
Rating: Five stars.
I wish Terrorists had never done this.What did we ever do to them.The Twin Towers were my FAVORITE buildings. these buildings were never ment to be Knoked down.They Killed over 2,000 people for no reason.Thats not Funny,its SAD.I will never foget the WTC.The reason they probably did this is cause they hate us.We did not do anything to Deserve this.I am so upset.I am sorry for all the Children and Parents that lost ther Relatives.I love you WTC

Ray L.
Friday, March 25th, 2005 @ 3:35am
Rating: Four stars.
It's been 3 and a half years now since evil and hatred hijacked us all on that calm, warm, early fall morning in September. That day was one of the worst, if not THE worst, day of my life. I still pinch myself on occasion just to make sure it was a reality and not a nightmare. I regret never going inside the Twins or walking in the general area of the World Trade Complex and seeing the wonderful views from the observation decks and roof, or dining at Windows on the World overlooking the spectacular New York skyline. I did see them once in person, when I was a young kid, probably no older than 10 or 11, as I reached out the window of our family car on Church Street to witness these towering behemoths of beauty. Too bad I didn't take any family photos of these great landmarks, either. I remember back in July 2001, when I took a trip along with my Dad north from the Washington, D.C. area to pay a visit up at my Aunt's place in Edison, NJ, which is a suburb of NYC in northern NJ, and considering to see the Trade Center again, only this time spending more time in detail studying the complex from the interior. My Dad suggested to me that I could always see them another time, and unfortunately, I listened to his advice and I decided against taking a quick train ride up there on the NJ Transit and then the PATH to see them. Boy, if only we knew. I kick myself many times for not seeing them that summer. If only life could have a rewind function so that we could go back to that day, or days when other terrible things have occurred to each and every one of us in this world, and change destiny. Unfortunately, that's impossible. In regards to the new Freedom Tower being built, well it will be the tallest building in the world, surpassing Taipei 101 in Taiwan. The design isn't bad, although I think there's too much glass involved. I wish Larry Silverstein would've incorporated a twin so that it could be the Twin Freedom Towers, thus reflecting the World Trade Center. The memorial also seems as if it will be fitting, with the reflecting pools & the footprints of the Twin Towers. In the end, with all the chaos that happens daily in the world, from terrorism, murders, genocide, ethnic-cleansing, wars, mega-tsunamis and other natural disasters, to diseases, all I can really say is that life is short, so let's just enjoy life as much as we can, be better than the scum, take things for what they're worth and just ride this mother till' the wheels fall off!! May God bless all of the victims and the families involved in the 9/11 attacks in NYC, the Pentagon and the airliners hijacked, as well as anyone throughout the world who has suffered from generally terrible, heinous things. P.S. Nice site and I enjoyed the pictures of what once was!!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005 @ 2:55pm
Rating: Four stars.
Poland is truly sorry for what happened to the U.S. and we will stand together with America and the world on the fight against terror.

Claire Williams
Friday, March 18th, 2005 @ 9:26am
Even after this amount of time we still think about that awful day & will forever more. God Bless America.

carol bee
Monday, March 14th, 2005 @ 5:49pm
True heros are those firemen and policemen who entered the Towers as well as the workers in the Towers who saved other individuals. Let us tell our leaders that it is past due to commemmorate those who had untimely deaths and stop playing politics with this site.

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005 @ 11:56pm
Rating: Five stars.
I will never forget that day when so many of our kin perished. And I hope that nobody ever forgets it either. LEST WE FORGET

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005 @ 11:32am
Rating: Four stars.
I feel sorry for america that they had to go trough this tragic evet hopefully nothing like this will ever happen again

Thursday, February 17th, 2005 @ 9:53am
Brave People of New York City...... You are an inspiration to the world. You have shown us the value of courage......... God bless us all!!

Roger Juhlin
Tuesday, February 15th, 2005 @ 5:24pm
Rating: Five stars.
it is soon 4 years that the terrible day in new york happend but it feels that it became yesterday and I will send my bless to the people of New York and say that we will not forget you.

David Falkner
Saturday, February 12th, 2005 @ 11:16pm
Rating: Five stars.
I was promoted from the Sydney Hilton to Windows on the World, an INHILCO operation, and worked on 107, Tower 1. I'm still stunned, as you maybe could imagine what it was like, how secure, friendly and motivated staff innocuolussly wandering around one of, if not THE, best restaraunts in the world's many rooms... , It hurts, and it hurts deep...I'm proud to see that America is NOT backing off, and whatever decision is made regarding re-building, let the dust land where it must. Dave Falkner

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004 @ 8:17pm
Rating: Five stars.
A very devistating day for us all. So glad we are building something in the memory of those who were lost, and those who chose to defend us at our time of need! America the BEAUTIFUL! Thanks! We LOVE NY & NYC!!!

Christian Bjornnes
Monday, September 6th, 2004 @ 2:48pm
Rating: Five stars.
We will prevail! Terrorists have awakened the sleeping giant. With the US in the lead the world has cracked down on those gutless panzys. The US and world is a better safer place now. We will forever live with terror now, but we can curb its effects. Watching Bush's speech at the RNC shows he did not plan the WTC terrorist attacks like the conspiracy theorist above believes. NYC will move on stronger and build better towers like a symbolic New Jersey salute to terrorists, namely Osama and his girly friends HIDING in HOLES like cockroaches! I dare terrorists to fight like REAL men. May I remind all those who have such hatred for this country to remember that we have gone to war for the oppressed. Do you really think North Koreans are better off than South Koreans? Wait, South Korea is a Democracy, right? Russia is now a Democracy, isn't it? Russians on the whole are better off now, huh? Iraqis are not being murdered by their "beloved" dictator anymore, are they? Hitler didn't extinguish the Jewish race because of Allied help. Cubans still float over by the boat load. Oh, Cuba is still Communist. Japan is a peaceful leading world economy as well as Germany. Didn't the US occupy and foster these two, now great, nations!? Women can now experience life freed from Taliban oppression. Wow, and the hits keep on coming. May I also point out to all the nay-sayers that America is the SINGLE LARGEST donor of funds in the entire United Nations. America is basically funding research and prevention of the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Our citizens give more to the entire world than most 1st-world countries combined!! Those of you who wish harm or ill feelings towards America should shut-up and figure out how your country has benefited from the US. I'm POSITIVE it has. If it hasn't then you're probably still in the stone ages and can't possibly read this. If you are reading this then you've benefitted from American ingenuity, marketing, know-how and CHARITY! We may be hated but it's because we are so successful and all those whiners out there should grow up and try to make something of themselves like many Americans and Allies. Thanks and praise be to Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Japan and all our Allies. Love and best wishes go out to those in NYC who still suffer in some way from 9/11. I am, in no way, pointing the finger at ANY specific people or country but only at the individuals who chose to express an idiotic, uneducated, biased, childish and extremist ideal. Lastly, to those who hate America and the 1st world, back off and bury yourself so we don't have to help support you or your pitiful whining excuse of an existence!

Kelley Moonwater Frederick
Tuesday, August 31st, 2004 @ 3:42pm
Rating: Five stars.
Don't lose faith in our Lord Jesus for God has a plan that we may not see now but we will come to know when we are with God. God Bless all those who served to help people escape and helped the injured. My prayers are with each and everyone who lost a loved one. They are with God now folks.. rest easy.

George D Kennedy
Friday, August 6th, 2004 @ 10:01pm
Rating: Five stars.
Ive never seen the US react so fast as they did on 9/11/01 good job USA

Monday, July 26th, 2004 @ 7:01pm
I believe we should build the towers back and bigger. Our country has to stand strong against terrists. The new tower is a nice design, and we should have the two blue lights on every night from the new tower. Let us not forget the people who lost their lives to such a cowardly act. Let us not forget the many people who were lost while trying to help those trapped in the reckage. Please say a prayer everyday for their families.

Luke Woolley
March 18th, 2003
i think that the attack on the twin towers should never of happened and i will miss the lost and i hope you kill saddam hussain

February 28th, 2003
I complete agree with Geoff Johnson above, the FRENCH have forgotten who rescued them from ruins of WWII. There would not be a France today otherwise. They have completely forgotten who saved their butts when they needed most and who is their real friend if not savior. Rebuilt to show our spirit and kick those that threatens our standing.

Gobind Singh
February 28th, 2003
The building is awesome, but what is to be admired is the vision of the people who thought of it. This is the great thing about America, the people there think big and implement it. Nothing, nothing atall is unachievable!! Super country and superior people! Do not lose this touch. Be kind to the world while reaching out to the heavens.

February 28th, 2003
and now there are many people who saying that americans don´t know what war is or what it means - but america know what war means. may god bless america, the land which brang the democracy to Germany after WW2 and supported us so much. Now Germany and the United States must stand together more than before and we must fight for our dreams and the dreams of the free. america will ever be the land of the free - because it is the land of the free. so please understand, most of the Germans are Americans in their hearts - and we´re proud of this.

Pierre-Olivier VILLE
February 27, 2003
I'm french, but I'll always stand by the USA! God Bless America...

David Teow Kang
February 21st, 2003
i fell very sorry for America about what happen to the twin tower and i think we should not give up till bin Laden is be capture and torturing him till death in the tv for the hold world to see him suffer

February 19th, 2003
God Bless America! This is a terrible thing that has happened, and has lead to many more. my girlfreinds father died during the attack. he worked in the north tower. but i hope there won't be a war.. it will kill so many more.

February 18th, 2003
How about you one minded people spare a thought for the thousands of innocent civilians that you murdered in Afganistan, despite the fact that most hijackers were from saudi arabia. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of other innocent mothers, children and fathers you have slain all over the world.

M. Ames
January 15th, 2003
On the morning of September 11, 2001, I sat motionless on the couch, my mind reeling with the visions of horror unfolding in front of me on the television. To say it affected me is an understatement, but the shock I felt must surely pale in comparison to that of the people of NYC. To all the people of New York, I offer sincere condolences. Should the towers be rebuild? Definately! Should they be as tall? Absolutely! To do less is to admit defeat and let the Terrorist Bastards know they succeeded in instilling fear in us. The WTC towers, although plain, were simply beautiful, and should be rebuilt as they were originally. As for preserving the WTC site as a memorial park, I mean no disrespect for those who suffered the loss of loved ones, but it is sheer folly to allot a full fifteen acres of the most expensive real estate in North America to a memorial garden. A small memorial should be somewhere on the site, but not at the expense of letting Bin Laden & Crew claim a victory.

January 7, 2003
Max W from Germany is a total moron. He needs to stop confusing Patriotism with the Holocaust.

Amihood Segal
December 27th, 2002
It's been a while since i last saw those images. As a person who lives in a country that deals with terror on a daily basis only two words comes to mind: 'The horror'...

daham aravida
December 23rtd, 2002
i worried about this attack.because our country has terrorist problem.

December 20th, 2002
My dream was to come tu USA and to see the towers, but now, because of those talibans i cant!! i hope that US will build new towers, bigger so i can come and see the!!

December 19th, 2002
I know it's a little bit late to tell you this but what happened in this day was extremely terrificant for the whole world and not just for the American. What I want to tell you is that all The tunisian and also the muslim sympathize with the misfortune of the American. Finally I have to tell you that the islam is innocent of all these crimes.

December 16th, 2002
GOD BLESS AMERICA!! The Greatest Country in the world. Yes america does have problems with its goverment but what country doesnt have problems. To the person from canada named al that wrote what is mostly bull, should shut his mouth. If you can talk soo much too, I'd like you to come to america and say that to any american and you would get whooped!!

Victor Mendoza
December 13th, 2002
I know there are practical reasons not to rebuild the towers as they were... but America is a land of dreams! If the US hopes to continue leading the world new even taller towers that look like the original need to be built, for the sake of hopes and dreams the world over.

December 12th, 2002
listen to all of you patriot yankees and other idiot media puppets of the world. DO you not realize what is going on? how the U.S government, the bush admininistration was responsbible for 9/11??? i dont think even the american pepople understand how evil bush is...he will kill his own people to acheive his own interests. In this case, afghanistan was the only way they could make some sort of HUB into asia, and now there in control of kabul, so close to china and russia, and the middle east and right on top of pakistan? a little ironic dont you think? i know what the taliban is all about, there a bunch of idiots...they could never come up with such a complex and difficult plan such a 9/11, the most they could ever do is strap bombs to their chests and blow themselves up, there ignorant and narrow minded...and honestly didnt have enough balls to pull of something this big...bush aministration on the other are the devil's advocates...go ahead...beleive what CNN tells you...beleive the images CNN shows you about palestinian peple celebrating on the streets...when infact those clips were not even taken after 9/11 just a way for the western world to instill a hate for the mid east countries...beleive the fabricated videos of osmama bin laden threatenting the world..those tapes are fake..he aint sayin anything..he dont sorry for what happend yes...but your all supporting the person who killed your families...for his own personal interests...he cares nothing of freedom or democracy.

Samantha J.
December 10th, 2002
i think that it is a horrable thing that they could of done to the world trade center GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! The World Trade Center was the greatest set of buildings in the whole world and NYC is the greatest city in the world!I love what big skyscrapers represent about our country. The Towers must be rebuilt and I'm sure if a fund was provided for the average American to put up the cost rebuilding we would and I'd be the first to send in my check.America knows how to grow, improve, and move on. We also know how to remember, commemorate, and honor who and what we value most. May God bless our fellow peoples lost in the hateful acts. Enemy number one, Usama bin Laden, perhaps didn't realize the power and strength and resilience of the American people. We are the greatest nation in the world and the enemy knows it. Only a fool would attempt such a cowardly act against the people of America. And, perhaps, that same fool failed to realize that he wasn't killing only Americans, but the citizens of countless other nations. Our allies has banded together to fight terrorism. Let us do the same. god bless america if we all sticktogether we can do anythind

Ambra Shetty
December 9th, 2002
it is a very tragic incident that took place. Mean while it has also thrown up some new research problems with regard to behaviour of buildin during the fire. Research can be continued in this area I am optimistic that we will be able to work a solution at it. Hence We can take care of this problem in future high rise buildings and also if possible take precautions for the existing high rise buildings.

Marie Godbold
December 2nd, 2002
I think since where one nation under god, then we should pray and give it to god. Because god said venegence is his and he will repay.let god fix it

Ana Lucia
December 1st, 2002
i think that the twin towers should not be built because the people who lost loved ones will suffer remembering the tragedies by loking at them one more time.

Philip Hirst
November 30th, 2002
I was recently lucky enough to be able to visit the fantastic city of New York. Whilst there, my wife & I were unsure whether or not to visit the site of the World Trade Centre as we did not want to appear ghoulish. After much deliberation we decided that we couldn't go all that way & not visit the site of the most important & tragic events of recent history. Upon leaving the subway station we passed a churchyard around which people of all nationalities had left messages & tributes. Unbelievably, the churchyard was also surrounded by tacky souvenier stalls. When we acually reached the site itself we were met by the sight of people standing against the fencing smiling & posing for cameras with the raw,gaping hole of 'ground zero' behind them. We left soon afterwards. After seeing pictures of the New York skyline as it was & witnessing the skyline as it is now (from both the river & the air) I echo the sentiment that others have made on this site that there could be no more fitting tribute & no better sign that terrorism cannot be allowed to win than by rebuilding the twin towers as they were & restoring the downtown skyline.

Meghan Ross
November 30th, 2002
Yes, these events were very tragic. However, American is all about moving on and standing strong. My personal opinion is that we should rebuild the world trade centers. Not just to "get back" at the terrorists, but to get back our way of life. How much office space did it say we lost? Alot! Of course we lost plenty of lives, too. Do you know what's going to happen to 99.99% of the rubble? It's going to be recycled. Used to build cars, buildings, heck even planes. Isn't that ironic? But noooo we want to use the 16 acre- "ground zero" as a memorial. That's not fair. Thousands of people escaped as well. What about their jobs? They lost their work space. They deserve to have it back. What I'm saying isn't that we should build it to be 200 stories tall (although that would be nice), but not use the muti billion dollar real estate as a memorial. It could be included on the new WTC. Maybe add on a few extra floors and put a memorial in them.

Ope Falase
November 28th, 2002
What a great disaster, it touched us here in Nigeria, we couldn't work again in my office because a great monumental building demolished for no reason at all

November 26th, 2002
This is a horrific site to see and hopefully to the near future one we can forget but not forget those who were lost.

Paul Anderson
November 20th, 2002
I am bothered by the"donated Funds" being distributed to other than those that they were meant for. From my understanding of Law concerning donations, this is an un-lawful practice. No wonder some organizations have complained of reduced donations, since 9-11. Personally ! We have stopped giving to civic organizations, due to these types of practices.

Emerson Martinez
November 20th, 2002

November 13th, 2002
It is more than a year and still I am transfixed and transformed by the images and the stories... Socrates said: "Wisdom begins in wonder"... and so I continue to wonder.

November 11th, 2002
I am very dismayed by what happened to, not only New York, but to the US. It was a tragic event, and I hope that poeple, especially now, realize that peace is a precious thing, and we should not take that for granted. Although such an atrocity has happened, We should not result in war, but a peaceful means. I fear that WWIII is ivevitable; therefore the possible extermination of life on earth as a result of nuclear destruction. Please, not as a person, but a citizen as the world, do not use war as a tactic to get what is desired. As there, too, are innocent people in Iraq, and the rest of the world. Do not negate for what bad there is, but think positive for what good we have. Je suis très consterné par à ce qu'est arrivé, non seulement New York, mais aux USA. C'était un événement tragique, et j'espère ces personnes, spécialement maintenant, me rends compte que la paix est une chose précieuse, et nous ne devrions pas prendre cela pour accordé. Bien qu'un tel atrocity se soit produit, nous ne devrions pas avoir comme conséquence la guerre, mais des moyens paisibles. Je crains que la guerre mondiale trois soit ivevitable; donc l'extermination possible de la vie sur terre en raison de destruction nucléaire. Svp, pas en tant qu'une personne, mais citoyen comme monde, je dis: n'employez pas la guerre car une tactique pour obtenir ce qui est désiré. Car il, aussi, y a les personnes innocentes en Irak, et le reste du monde. Ne niez pas pour quel mauvais là est, mais pensez le positif pour quel bon nous avons.

Andrew A. Anderson
November 10th, 2002
I think we should rebuild all seven of the world trade centers to show them we will not be afraid

Max W.
October 23rd, 2002
How can people on this site leave coments like: "We are the greatest nation in the world and the enemy knows it." and "We are the best country in the world right now." Cant you see that this ignorance is what pushed the terrorists to do this horrific act? Havent we learned the dangers of patriotism in WWII? I am german, and was born and lived in NYC, but I am only prowd to be a world citizen.

October 22nd, 2002
Death to socialists! They are to blame, for they never hold dicatators and terrorists accountable for anything! They blame the USA and Israel for retaliating, but they never criticize the blood-thirsty socialist tyrants. Death to socialism!

Mike Muratore
October 14th, 2002
We must go on! We are the greatest country in the world, and acts like what happened on Sept.11 should never be left alone. It would be an injustice to let something like this go with out an answer back. I live near Boston but I quickly became a New Yorker on 9-11-01. I went to ground zero about a year later, with my wife and two daughters, and to see the look on my daughters faces when they saw the hole where the towers once stood along with the other buildings gave me feeling I will never forget! I want to thank various New Yorkers that went the extra mile that day in helping get around the city. You are the most courageous people I have ever met. We all love you and miss our fallen heros.DON'T EVER FORGET! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!!

October 12, 2002
I live in jersey, and I still miss those towers. Whenever I eat out or mountain bike in north jersey near sandy hook, I wont go home until I see the New York skyline. I have always done that and always will, with or without those towers. Ill always miss them.

Matthias Montero
October 12, 2002
It's been more than a year since the attacks and yet the sensation the whole world gets when reminiscing that fateful day remains the same -- fear and hatred. However, i believe that more than any other physical edifice or structure or open space, the best memorial we can give to those who died on 9/11 is the SPIRIT OF MOVING ON. Of course, for those whose relatives passed away, moving on can take years. But it has to be done. We must show those terrorists that the FREE WORLD is not afraid of them. We might have lost lives. But we, through moving on, have given birth to more.

Kateri Michaud
October 10th, 2002
I think that what everyone is going through is really bad. My best friend Alicia told me that her mom was subpost to be in New York City for a buisness trip. but she told me that her mom forgot somothing at home and had to go back to get it. I know how she would of felt if her mom had died or got hurt really bad. I am so glad that her mom is alive and well.I think that everyone goes through a lot of tough things. I want the twin towers and world trade center to be rebuilt because without those things in New York City, there is a huge hole in our world. i have been to NYC and it is really sad that anyone whould do something like this to the U.S.A. i feel really sad that anyone did this and for everyone who died in this terrist attack. I hope that GOD WILL BLESS AMERICA!!!!!! I do wish this from the bottom of my heart.

Bradley McKerracher
October 4, 2002
Rebuild the towers as before. Give people who have not yet been to NY, the chance to experience not only the view, but simply the beauty of the twin towers.

E lizabeth Holt
October 2nd, 2002
I would just like to thank all the foreigners who stand by us. For all of you who have never seen it, my country is a wonderful country that I am proud to call my own. Thanks also to all the Amrericans who have stayed strong. We are all in this together.

Robert Cann
September 28th, 2002
God Bless New York

Michael Ballou
September 11, 2002
Freedom Will Not Die. Good Will Prevail Over Evil. Long Live The United States of America, The Home of Freedom for All.

September 11, 2002
The revenge for so many lifes lost will be if the two towers will be rebuilt in the same shape but strong aginst attackes

September 6th, 2002
It hurt's and it hurt's bad. I am not from NY but I was there a year before this happened and I love the city and always will. My prayers go out to the many who lost loved one's, the childern that lost parents, etc. I feel that the towers should not be built, nothing should go on that ground, it's a resting place for the people the perished on that horrible day, and people need to go to that area and pray for world peace and feel the presence of those lost there. A beauitful park should be built there where childern can go and be childern and where people can go and get peace of mind. NY is cluttered enough already as it is, let the businesses go elsewhere. God Bless you all.

September 6th, 2002
WE MUST REBUILD!!!! New York as well as the USA has always been a symbol of freedom and power. The World Trade Center has always been a famous landmark. Ever since I was a kid and fell in love with the movie "King Kong", the WTC has had a special place in my heart. Not rebuilding these towers is telling the terrorist, "Yes, you win." I, myself do not want that. There is no reason why those two towers should not be rebuilt just the way they were, along with a big memorial for all the victims. There is plenty of space for all of that. New Yorkers are resilient, and people will go back and work in those towers once again, as long as the proper security measures are taken to ensure our safety. To me, the empty skyline will always be a constant reminder of one of the darkest days in US history. I'm not saying I want to forget the victims and their families; but I think if we rebuilt the WTC to stand just as tall and mighty as they were before, we would be honoring them in a way in which we can all hold our heads up high. Honoring them saying that they were proud to be New Yorkers and Americans. After all the courage they showed, don't you think they would have wanted that?

September 3rd, 2002
Im soooo sorry for what happened to all you Americans, FIGHT ON! and become better people for it!dont let terrorists escape with terror they supply to all of us...FIGHT ON! and dont forget Australia is here to help. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU, and love on and other

Mike Short
September 1st, 2002
I think they should rebuild the World Trade Center, I was born in New York City, and I always looked at that building, for 15 years, untill september. 11th. i want to show the terrorists that we are much stronger than they are, and we will win this war, i miss those towers a lot, they were a part of me, and i live in New Jersey, and i was going up the Garden State Parkway on september. 11th, and i saw the towers on fire, and my eye's were stunned, i was nervious, but i held strong. '' I WANT TO SEE THOSE TOWERS AGAIN ''.

August 27th, 2002
anyone who sues claiming the WTC shouldve been able to take the hit it did should be sent to iraqt! it's a miracle the towers stood at all after the initial hits!!! these egregious lawyers should be shipped to afghanistant!

August 25th, 2002

Enrique Flores
August 9th, 2002
Even now, almost one year from the tragedy, this crime is and will be present on our memories as a reminder to honor the people who lost their lives that day, and hunt down each and every terrorist on the planet until exterminating them.

Manon Fournier
June 2nd, 2002
Le 11 septembre 2001 restera gravé dans nos mémoire à jamais! Toutes ces victimes pour des guerres sans buts. Je suis jamais allé à New-york mais c'est un de mes rêves de pouvoir aller visiter cette belle grande cité. Mais la face de NY est changé à tout jamais. Comme le dit notre maxime au Québec "Je me souviens."

John Imre
March 16th, 2002
To the Terrorists of the world. Don't EVER mess with my city again!!!

March 15th, 2002
I only have 6 words to say...MAKE NO MISTAKE ...WE WILL WIN !!!!

Michael S.
March 12th, 2002
America was attacked on September 11th, and that was an injury to all of us, when some of the victims start to blame United or American Airlines, the architects, and whoever else they can think of, that would be the insult added to the injury we sustained on 9/11/2001. There's only one element to blame for this and that's the terorists who committed this attrocity. I do feel for the victims and their loss, but put the blame where it belongs.

James Wade
March 9th, 2002
After visiting new york in march 2000 i had the great pleasure of being able to visit the world trade center. These towers were truly magnificent and stood proudly over a magnificent city. Some people may disagree but the towers should be rebuilt with a revised design. The skyline does not look the same without them, and i doubt anyone will ever get used to them not dominating the manhattan skyline anymore. I hope the day will come again when people will be able to stand again upon these towers again and look out over the wonderful city of newyork.

March 18th, 2002
I still can't believe this happened to our country. But freedom will be defended and also they should build a memorial at the WTC site. I love NYC WE will defend freedom and bring the terrorists to justice. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND NEW YORK CITY

Jarand Sunde
February 22nd, 2002
bin laden & his scum sux! God Bless America ! =)

Frank Cresswell
February 22nd, 2002
`My heart and thoughts go out to all those who were lost on that tragic day.May God bless America and her Allies.we support you all the way. God Bless us all.

Mike Short
February 21st, 2002
The September 11th attacks shook the foundation of our country and the principles of freedom it was founded on, but what's more disturbing are the stories I'm hearing now of the families of victims who are trying to shift the blame from the terrorists to the various entities from the architects/builders of the WTC, to Boeing and American and United Airlines. I share the grief of these people for losing their loved ones, but to file these multi-million dollar law suits, which I consider frivilous, certainly falls within the category of adding insult to injury to our country. Put the blame for the tragic events of 9-11-2001 where it belongs, Osama bin Laden, the Al-Qaida organization, and the terrorists who carried out these attacks.

Bruno Tamborino
February 11th, 2002
I believe that NY needs some incredible skyscraper, so build something very high, don't forget about safety (certainly new techniques will make it possible). I loved much the essential design of WTC, but I don't believe that it should be rebuilt the same, also the place doesn't need to be the same. We cannot deny history. One or two high, geometric-shaped towers at NY-110 storeys or more-and a memorial for that incredible atrocity.

February 1st, 2002
To the people in countries other than the United States who are criticizing the War in Afghanistan: Get a Life. When the Twin Towers were destroyed, this was an act of murder. A murder of nearly 7,000 innocent civilians. What do expect us to do - sit back and do nothing while thousands of lives were lost, and even more are grieving? This was the worst attack in US history. We can't sit back and do nothing. I know most countries are with us in the war of terrorism, but for those people who are against the action in Afghanistan, they need to understand that this action is desperately needed. Maybe if these attacks happened to you, you might understand. God Bless America and the World.

January 31st, 2002
I Believe the World Trade Center should be rebuilt exactly as it was It would be the best memorial to the people who lost their lives, a living memorial. I don't want to see only a mounument because it would also be for the killers.

January 20th, 2002
Build the world trade centre, bigger an better than before with a memorial at the bottom, also put anti-aircraft missils on the top which send out message warning lanes within a 5 mile radius that they will be shot out of the sky if they come any closer.

Beverly Jones
January 11th, 2002
I think this act of terrorism is a disgusting act of society and therefore I am sad.

Geoff Johnson
January 3rd, 2002
Don't listen to that mongrel Charles Tanui who posted above. He's a complete moron, but what would you expect from the likes of him. Keep fighting the good fight, Americans. Know that we Aussies are with you standing side by side with you as we did in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War and now.

December 30th, 2001
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! The World Trade Center was the greatest set of buildings in the whole world and NYC is the greatest city in the world! About rebuilding the World Trade Center... I think they should build it bigger and better than it was, it will symbolize that America stands against terrorism. I'm proud to be an American!!!

December 24th, 2001
As much as we shall not let the terrorists terrify America forever, the twin towers shall not be rebuilt. Few people will want to go in them, and it will bring nothing but fear to those workers who have to. It will bring back too many painful memories, and the terrorists would probably try to destroy them on opening day. DO NOT REBUILD! MAKE THE SITE A MEMORIAL! Fr

Frank Ross
December 23rd, 2001
concur with the comment listed above about rebuilding the World Trade Center as it was! Although many architectural writers have been critical of its lack of detail, it can not be denied that is massing and setting in the NYC skyline was one of the most recognizable and beautiful sites in the world. Rebuild it the same, only 30 floors more!

Esteban Rodriguez
December 22nd, 2001
I love what big skyscrapers represent about our country. The Towers must be rebuilt and I'm sure if a fund was provided for the average American to put up the cost rebuilding we would and I'd be the first to send in my check

Frank D.
December 15th, 2001
Our parents had Vietnam, our grandparents, WWII. we have Operation Enduring Freedom. Let's be aware of our surroundings, get involved with our neighbors, keep in touch with our loved ones. In other words, let's be Americans. The World Trade Center may be gone, but I guarantee you all that the name and all that it stands for will always be remembered. For an indefinate time, we, and even unborn Americans will refer to the area where the buildings stood, as the World Trade Center. It angers and humbles me to see images of the Center before, during, and after the terrorists' attacks. Perhaps the most we can do and the best we can do is to love and respect our nation and to provide the greatest resource for our friends, neighbors, and families...enduring Love and Friendship. I suggest that New York keep the famous name but builds a better and more beautiful Center. America knows how to grow, improve, and move on. We also know how to remember, commemorate, and honor who and what we value most. May God bless our fellow peoples lost in the hateful acts. Enemy number one, Usama bin Laden, perhaps didn't realize the power and strength and resilience of the American people. We are the greatest nation in the world and the enemy knows it. Only a fool would attempt such a cowardly act against the people of America. And, perhaps, that same fool failed to realize that he wasn't killing only Americans, but the citizens of countless other nations. Our allies has banded together to fight terrorism. Let us do the same. Let's be Americans! With Love, Frank D.

Erica Pasinkoff
December 19th, 2001
I can't believe this happened. Then again, who can? but why were they built so high? Now you're suggesting seven buildings half the height? it should've been thought of in the beginning. True, the way they looked before was majestic and attractive to the tourists and to the viewers but I think we had to be more logical and had thought about the pros and cons. This tragedy could have been avoided! But what's done is done. My heart goes out to those who lost people they loved. I was almost one of them. I was lucky but my heart broke for those who weren't as fortunate. I can't offer much but they have my prayers and well wishes.

Orlando Moore
December 19th, 2001
I am still deeply saddened by the terrible attack on the World Trade Center. I was in New York only a few short weeks before the attack and I was so looking forward to going back and seeing the Towers. Now when I go back I will only see a void. I am all for rebuilding them bigger and better. We as a nation must prevail. We are AMERICA!

December 7th, 2001
I was in the Observatory in the World Trade Center in New York twice. I feel so sorry for the people that died and their families. It scares me to think that this could just as easily have happened when I visited the twin towers.

Desiree Lopez
December 5th, 2001
i very sorry what happing in ny but all the people who lost they family got to move on i know is very very hard but you and your family will meet up there with god plus they will always be in our hearts and they'll always watch over us from heaven the best thing to do is make all the people who died happy like make they wish come true again i very very sorry all the people take care and be save i always going remeber what happing in ny and i will always going remeber the people who dead r.i.p. god bless america and all the people

December 5th, 2001
God bless all the families that losted loved ones in the world trade center.Also to say that god do things for a reason but for all you suffering people not to cry because one day we will meet again. Dont have fear just remember that they will always be in our hearts and very much loved. Thanks to all the firefighters and policemen and woman who tried their best to save their lives. God Bless Us All and God Bless America.

December 5th, 2001
Thank you for keeping the World Trade Center on the site. Ironically, in its death it will become more important to Americans, the USA and the world!!! Thanks again.

Charles Tanui
December 2nd, 2001
Boo Hoo Yankees. Go ahead spend billions subsidizing your socialist airlines, giving more powers to your government, go take more lives like you did in Dresden, Tokyo, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Vietnam, Colombia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon. 47,000 Americans die every year on the highways in your country, but a mere village (5000) dies in the attacks and you froth at the mouths for revenge. Americans are rich, but they are as filled with hate as we Africans (US only non-3rd world country with death penalty). Give more taxes to the government, build your army bigger, turn your airports in to fortresses (cheaper for all americans to have own plane) and seek violence. What you do onto others will be done upon to you

Frank Settineri
November 29th, 2001
I live in New Jersey and have been to the Towers a number of times in the past. Before the attack and murder I did not think too much about them. Now, I have the image in my mind of the planes crashing into them every day. It is disconcerting that the news media do not show these scenes anymore, perhaps so that we can forget how these murders occurred. I am not ready to stop mourning and I wish the media would stop obscuring the enormity of disaster. I don't want to know how we Americans "have ourselves to blame" for these horrific acts; anti-Americans are culpable for these atrocities and they are the ones who must pay the price for their actions. My motto is, "Remember the World Trade Towers".

November 22nd, 2001
The thing on the twin towers makes be want to shoot the person who planned it!!

November 21st, 2001
The U.S. will, and already is, coming out stronger than ever from the horrible events of September 11. My thoughts on rebuilding the World Trade Center: Go for it! I think that if we don't rebuild, or rebuild smaller, than we are sending the wrong messages to terrorists. If we do rebuild smaller, than we have done what the terrorists want us to do - be afraid. I think we should rebuild one bigger tower, maybe 120 stories, but only have one tower, so if God forbid this happens again in the future, there won't be as many loss of lives, but, by rebuilding, we show the terrorists that we are a strong nation. God Bless America!

Ram Sund
Tuesday, June 8th, 2004 @ 3:02pm
I think that the Twin Towers in NYC should be rebuilt, and that bin Laden should be captured, not killed in war, but brought over to the USA and show him that his acts could not topple the heart of America like he toppled the towers. Then he should be punished by making him suffer by pouring hot acid on his face and torturing him and put it on the TV so that the whole world can watch. If you shoot him it’s over he won’t feel a thing, so make him suffer.

Daniel Nymberg
November 21st, 2001
I feel sorry for what happened. I just can´t believe it´s true. Bless you all.

November 20th, 2001
I'm a Midwesterner. I've never been to NYC, but hope to visit there in the future. It hurts me that those plane- hijacking fanatics took advantage of the goodness to be found in the U.S., and repaid us with the destruction and murder they caused at the site of the WTC. I liked the idea of the light beams being placed where the WTC once stood, just to remind everyone, everywhere that the United States will always shine brightly on the stage of the world, and that although terrorism has mightily injured us, it will never completely destroy us.

November 19th, 2001
I strongly disagree with all the weak people who feel that no buildings should be built and that the site of the WTC should be made into a memorial park. I'm not against having a memorial park, but we should not abandon building skyscrapers in our great cities. I was born a New Yorker and I will die a New Yorker. I feel the WTC should be rebuilt as it was maybe bigger and better. Only THEN! will we stick our resilience up the terrorist's ass'. It would be a greater tragedy not to stand tall and rebuild our most precious skyscrapers and pay homage to what once was and what will forever be.

Michael Johnson
November 18th, 2001
My deepest sympathies goes out to the families of those who perished in New York, D.C, and Pennsylvania ( also those on AA Flight 587). Remember that they are in a better place now, away from this wicked world we live in. Also, remember that the U.S will make Bin Laden, and other terrorists pay. To N.Y, I say build the building like they were, but taller, bigger, and having more resources holding it up. If something like what happened on 9-11-01 happened, they would be able to withstand it. United we stand, and divided we fall. We are the best country in the world right now. God Bless America!!!!!!

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