Everyone remembers exactly where they were when they learned our country was under attack on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
But now it's where we are today, 15 years later, that's embodied in the massive structure known as the "Freedom Tower."
The massive building stands strong and sturdy, symbolic of the resilience of New Yorkers and all Americans, in the face of evil.
"The ‘One World’ story will be about the comeback, the first part of the downtown story. The tower is back,” said John Urban, vice president and general manager of One World Observatory.
He said he knew the tallest building in the western hemisphere needed much more than just a view...it needed to greet visitors with an experience.
"There are goosebumps to be had. There's a story here that you have to find a way to bring to life,” Urban said.
Those stories are told through the eyes of the many workers who contributed to the project...before the doors were officially opened in November of 2014.
"The foundation for One World Trade is truly concrete and steel, but the foundation is really people,” Urban said.
Before arriving at the three-floor observation deck, is what's referred to as the best elevator ride in the world. In the 46 second trip to the top, you see New York City evolving over 500 years.
The observatory offers 360-degree views of the island of Manhattan, a view that doesn't need translating for the millions of visitors from all across the world.
As the downtown emerges stronger than ever, One World Trade Center is a symbol of hope…a tangible representation of Americans unwavering ability to overcome, no matter how big the obstacle.
While we will never forget the darkest days of our past – One World Trade Center serves as a way to look forward to the bright days of our future, remembering, rebuilding, and never giving up.
To learn more about the Freedom Tower and the 9/11 memorial, click here.
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