Where were you the morning of Sept. 11, 2001?
We all remember where we were, what we were doing, what we felt and how we reacted to the horror that unfolded before our eyes.
Later that week, President George W. Bush — barely eight months in office — stood in the rubble, threw his arm around a New York City firefighter and declared, “The people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”
The rest, of course, is history.
So this what has risen from that disastrous scene. NOVA, PBS’s acclaimed documentary series, takes a look at the architectural marvel that is nearing completion at what has become known as Ground Zero.
“NOVA: Ground Zero Supertower” airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Panhandle PBS.
NOVA is produced by WGBH, the public television station based in Boston. It returns to the site of that horrifying day.
What it will reveal is a gleaming 104-story tower that will open soon as the new World Trade Center.
It’s no mere coincidence that the tower — believed to be the tallest building in North America — stands 1,776 feet above Lower Manhattan. Architects designed the structure to tell the world of its symbolic link to the year this nation declared its independence from tyranny.
The work will be done soon. This newest marvel will be open for business. The nation will take another step on its recovery from the tragedy that filled us with resolve to not be cowed by the terrorists who sought to break our national spirit.