Today, 16 years later, we still here to remember the unforgettable Tuesday morning of 9/11. We will always honour the 2,997 people killed by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda, and the other 6,000 people injured in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The 19 al-Qaeda terrorists on September 11, 2001 tried to spread panic around the U.S., killing and injuring thousands of people and causing at least $10 billion damage in infrastructure and property.
During the initial attacks and the collapse of the World Trade Center towers the heroes were, 343 New York City firefighters, 23 were New York City police officers and 37 were officers at the Port Authority. They ranged in age from twenty two to 85 years. Approximately 75-80% of the victims were men.
On the day of the attacks, Mayor Rudy Giuliani proclaimed, "We will rebuild New York City. We're going to come out of this stronger than before, politically stronger, and economically stronger. The skyline will be made whole again."
In a later address before Congress, the president George W. Bush declared, "As a symbol of America's resolve, my administration will work with Congress, and these two leaders, to show the world that we will rebuild New York City."
The immediate response from World Trade Center leaseholder Larry Silverstein was that "it would be the tragedy of tragedies not to rebuild this part of New York. It would give the terrorists the victory they seek."
Today, the first World Trade Center building rises to 1,368 feet (417 m), the height of the original north tower. Its antenna rises to the symbolic height of 1,776 feet (541 m) referring to 1776, the year in which the United States Declaration of Independence was signed.
The construction of the 2 World Trade Center building is currently on hold.
The 3 World Trade Center, stands across Greenwich Street. It was topped out in 2016 and is nearing completion; it is due to be fully completed in 2018.
The 4 World Trade Center, is a skyscraper and it was opened to tenants and the public on November 2013.
The 5 World Trade Center will stand where the Deutsche Bank Building once stood as the 42-story building for JP Morgan Chase investment banking headquarters.