Engineering Ground Zero

The 2001 terrorist attack on September 11  in New York City left two huge voids at the site of the World Trade Center. A once-in-the-history-of-the-United States project called Engineering Ground Zero is taking place at the site. A beautiful Memorial opened on the tenth anniversary. Six new towers are being built. Constructed from strong concrete called liquid steel for strength and safety and 1” prismatic glass for refraction of light at the base of the building, Tower 1 (Architect David Childs) will be the highest skyscraper in the world. Ground Zero is being rebuilt from the inside out.

Compare that to the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people who survived the systematic starvation, tropical diseases, and barbaric cruelties of the Japanese in concentration camps during World War II in the Pacific. Left with huge voids in 1945 after the Japanese capitulation they had to rebuild their lives from the inside out. For many people the losses were too great; many survivors still suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Our little family made it. I thank my parents for rebuilding our lives as a family and enabling me to build a happy life of my own after the camps.

I welcome your comments.

Until next time,
Ronny

 

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