World Trade Center Tallest Building Again [VIDEO]
New York, NY (WIBX) - A ceremony will be held today to mark the fact that one World Trade Center is once again the tallest building in the western hemisphere.
Standing at a symbolic 1,776 feet, to mark the year that the Declaration of Independence was signed, One World Trade has 104 floors.
It is about 400-feet taller than the original Twin Towers.
Some believe the announcement to be ill-timed, coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs on May 2, 2011. It is widely accepted that Bin Laden was the primary architect of the attacks on the World Trade Center that took place nearly eleven years ago, on September 11, 2001.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that New York City security officials remain on heightened alert, although specific details about what the city is doing to "step up" security have not been released for obvious reasons. So as not to incite activity the death of bin Laden will not be memorialized by New York City.
The video below is of one of the two beams of light sent from the site on September 11, 2010 where the twin towers originally stood. The items that appear to sparkle in the beam are bugs that were flying in the light: World Trade Center Memorial September 11, 2010