Today we commemorate those who lost their lives in the terrible terrorist attacks on World Trade Center in New York and on the Pentagon on September 11 2013. We also need to pay tribute to the hundreds of firefighters and law enforcement employees, police officer, paramedics who lost their lives trying to save others.
To prevent this from happening again, we also must remember the heart breaking death toll associated with the event, according to the 9/11 Commission:
|Total number of people who died in the 9/11 attacks||2,996|
|World Trade Center||2,606|
|Persons in North Tower (Tower 1)||1,402|
|Persons in South Tower (Tower 2)||614|
|Port Authority police officers||37|
We should also praise those who helped in the recovery and the rebuilding of the area. Twelve years after terrorists destroyed the old World Trade Center, the new one is becoming a reality, with a museum remembering the attacks and two office towers where thousands of people will work set to open within the next year.
One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, is scheduled to be completed in early 2014. The 104-story building at the northwest corner of the 16-acre trade center site is topped by a spire that reaches the symbolic height of 1,776 feet.