NEW YORK — The Liberty City ferry drops us off about four blocks from what was formerly called Ground Zero. I refuse to call it that any more because 70 stories of steel and concrete now raises from the ground where the World Trade Center twin towers once stood.
The 1,776 foot Freedom Tower is under construction and I got a mixed emotions when I saw it on our way to enjoy the play Mary Poppins on Broadway. I am always sad when I go by the sight. I cannot help but remember the hundreds of people that lost their lives during the terrorist attacks during 9-11 and the troops that died in wars in the Middle East. How dare they do this to us.
But I also felt good seeing that tower rise. It shows that you can punch this country in its stomach. We might cry. We might suffer. But we rise. This tower represents greed and waste to many who do not like us. In the end this new tower will cost $3.1 billion, have 2.6 million square feet of office space and have retail and restaurants in all price ranges. In all there is $22 billion in construction going on in lower Manhattan.
Some day I hope to visit the new tower and take in the beautiful view of New York and New Jersey from the
observation deck that will be perched 105 stories in the sky. I do not know what I will feel that day. I might even shed a tear. My emotions over the years have gone from sorrow to just being pissed off about these attacks.
I will never forget the most tragic day of my life time. I won’t forget the faces and the stories. But I am glad we move forward and won’t allow outside forces to bring us to our knees.