As a native New Yorker and as someone who lost several friends on 9/11 who were working for Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center at time, I find today as the perfect day to honor their legacy.

13 years since the horrific attack, and after 8 years of  planning, debate and construction, One World Trade Center has finally opened its doors for business.   As the centerpiece of the World Trade Center Complex, this 104 story masterpiece of architecture stands as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.  At 1776 feet tall, it sends the perfect message when it comes to America’s resolve when faced with her darkest hours.

I came across an amazing video that shows an impressive 8-year ‘Time Lapse’ of the construction of the tower.   From the first footings to the installation of the spire atop the building, this video captures one of our finest moments as a nation.  Enjoy.