America, we're back in business.
On Monday, the World Trade Center opened its doors in lower Manhattan, 13 years after two planes were cowardly crashed into the Twin Towers on Sept. 11.
I was too young to fully comprehend what happened that day as I was just eight years old. But I still remember the moment. An announcement came over the loud speaker at my elementary school and informed the students, faculty and staff of the attack. As an eight-year-old, I never even heard of the World Trade Center, and I had just barely heard of the Pentagon.
Now grown up and seeing where the country and the world are after Sept. 11, 2011, it's great to see the nearly 1,800-foot-tall building that is poised to complete the New York skyline once again.
It's just a building, sure, but it also turns the page on one of the ugliest chapters in recent American history. It was an event that sparked a war that seemingly lasted a lifetime (half of my lifetime), a very temporary peace and now has rekindled more conflict in the Middle East. Since Sept. 11, we've seen the world change. While some say we may be safer now than we were then, it leaves some people with even the slightest doubt in the back of their minds.
Did you think anybody who competed or watched the Boston Marathon thought that they would witness a terrorist attack?
The World Trade Center's return is more than just a place for thousands to work, and business to be had. It's a symbol of how far we have come since 2001. Yes, terrorists may have brought down two buildings and taken so many lives, but we can look at the new tower and always remember those lost.
The building is now the tallest in America. And how fitting is it that the building is 1,776 feet tall? On July 4, 1776 the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. Little did the Founding Fathers know that more than 238 years later, a skyscraper that rivals some mountains would be constructed in the heart of the countries most-populated city.
Our country isn't perfect, far from it really. It has its problems from those in office, to those of us every-day citizens. But one thing is for sure — America is back in business.