World Trade Center: Reborn

Jocalyn Carpenter

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After the attacks of 1993 and 2001, a memorial is being built where the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center used to stand, and here's how they're doing it.
On September 11, 2001, thousands of people died in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Now, 14 years later, the memorial is almost finished. A tower has been built in honor of Towers 1 and 2, and it has parts that remind us of the old towers.


The new tower stands at 1,776 feet tall and is the tallest tower in the United States. Its height represents the year that our country declared independence; there is also a 408 foot antenna on the top of the building. There are 104 floors, and 3 of them are public space. A glass enclosure is at 1,368 feet up, the height of the World Trade Center Tower 1, and an observation deck is located at 1,362 feet, the height of World Trade Center Tower 2.

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There are two pools where the Towers used to stand and each has a 30 foot man-made waterfall. The pools are bordered by bronze plaques that display the names of each of the 2,983 victims of the attacks. Each of the pool holds up to 450,000 gallons of water. Swamp white oak trees are planted around the pools. Each of the trees came within 500 miles of NYC. Some are from Pennsylvania and Washington, DC to honor the victims of Flight 93 and the attack on the Pentagon.