They built the One World Trade Center in place of the twin towers. The One World Trade Center is a beautiful building and a giant middle finger to terrorism. It shows that we will just come back stronger. Eighteen years ago today, were we a bit shook up? Yes. Were we beaten? Are we going to let terrorists have their way with us? No. We're the USA.Two things will forever stand out in my memory. The assassination of JFK and the events of 9-11-2001. Like most New Yorkers I took it personal. Born and raised in Brooklyn. I was at work that day and worked in a secure area, like a skunk works. We had one computer connected to the outside world, no radio or TV. Initially we thought a single small plane hit the first tower then as reports came in we began to understand what had happened. My wife and I had been in the city just a few weeks before during an annual NY trip. My friends in the trades I grew up with built those towers. A friend of mine was a NYFD battalion chief who was off that day but obviously called in. Another friend was on his old brownstone roof in Brooklyn watching with his daughter when "stuff" began falling from the sky on him and his daughter.
During the years that followed I haven't a clue how many times as my wife and I drove over the George Washington Bridge and I could not bring myself to look to my right at the skyline I knew and loved. Those bastards attacked "my city". Hard to believe 18 years have passed. No, I will never forget.