Ground Zero construction continues as US remembers 9/11

By Don Tagala, ABS_CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 11, 2014

NEW YORK CITY – As families of 9/11 victims gather at this hallowed ground today and pause to remember the 2,983 people who were killed in the attacks on World Trade Center, the Pentagon, Flight 93 and those who died in the 1993 WTC bombing, visitors at the World Trade Center Memorial Site will notice the fewer construction fences around it – marking another year of progress at ground zero.

The 8-acre National Sept. 11 Memorial consists of two reflecting pools – the largest man made waterfalls in North America.

The pools lie within the foot print of where the Twin Towers once stood and the names of those who died in the attacks are inscribed on bronze parapets surrounding the pools.

In other parts of Ground Zero, construction is in full swing for the transportation hub that is set to open late 2015.

The hub with its wing-like “Oculus” design is expected to serve more than 200,000 daily commuters and millions of annual visitors from around the world.

The WTC transportation hub would be third largest transportation center in New York that will connect visitors to 11 different subway lines and the path trains to New Jersey.

Standing at a symbolic 1,776 feet tall – One World Trade Center has redefined the New York skyline. The architectural and engineering marvel is New York’s symbol of hope and renewal.

The 104 story building is designed to be the safest commercial structure in the world. One World Trade Center will feature three million square feet of office space on 71 office floors, a grand public lobby, and an observation deck offering unparalleled views of New York and New Jersey.

Meantime, on the eve of the 9/11 commemorations, a New York Fire Department a stone’s throw away from WTC remembered their fallen comrades.

A wreath was laid to remember six of their own who passed on the day of the 9/11 attack and those who survived vowed that they will never forget the 343 firemen they lost that day.

Beginning at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, the 9/11 Memorial Plaza will be open to the public for a special viewing of the “Tribute in Light”, which will illuminate the New York City sky just south of the memorial site.

The memorial will remain open until midnight for the 9/11 anniversary.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com

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