Friday, May 24, 2013

A Symbolic Moment

On Friday, May 10th, 
the spire topped 
One World Trade Center 
bringing this new iconic structure 
to a total height of 1,776 feet!
This height, 1,776 feet, is the year USA became a country (Why did my kids look at me like I made that up? Don't they know this?). This makes One World Trade the tallest building in the western hemisphere, and the third-tallest in the world. The tallest building, Burj Khalifa, is located in Dubai, UAE and is an amazing 2,717 feet tall! The second tallest building, Makkah Royal Clock Tower, is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and is an astonishing 1, 971 feet tall!
One World Trade,
Awaiting her spire
The spire is 408 feet tall and weighs 758 tons. 
Spire hoisted up for placement
Talk about pressure!
Everyone is watching,
and all of One World Trade is glass!
Plus, this guy is counting on you!
Just keep taking deep breaths!
The tower has LED-powered lights that can be seen from miles away, and it will serve as a "World-Class" broadcast antenna and a permanent symbol of our country's strength.
Makes you want to chant, "Go, go, go, go!
One World Trade, owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is expected to open for business in 2014. The LED lights will be activated in the next few months, and will be able to be seen for tens of miles away. The Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler stated that the lights will change color, and will "be a beacon of hope just like the Statue of Liberty."

Almost there!
When One World Trade was being donned with its beautiful spire, it was definitely a symbolic moment. There were many men and women who worked tirelessly to build this as a tribute for the people who were killed on 9/11. I read that they were crying watching the spire positioned in place.
Can you imagine, iron workers crying? 
These guys walk fearlessly on small I-beams a thousand feet in the air. 
Wow!
And, thank you!
I do believe it's a symbol of resiliency, and hope in freedom for all ...
Ready?
Set.
Go!
BUT ...
I cannot help think there's something else. Okay, maybe just a little Cee-Lo-Green-ish. Okay, I'm just gonna say it ...no filter: Let's call a spade a spade, and stop sugar coating this ...
It's definitely
THE biggest middle finger ...
ever!
Our new skyline: 5/13/2013
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