​Twin Towers 12th Anniversary Sept. 11 Terror Attack

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September 11, 2013

The Twin Towers, or known by its building name as the World Trade Center, in Lower Manhattan, New York had been the latest trending topic today from a terror attack that happened 12 years ago on this day.

The whole world witnessed how the buildings fell due, which changed the New York skyline forever, and what had caused the deaths to thousands of Americans.

The iconic building was completed in 1975 after years of construction. Twin Towers then became Battery Park City after the foreground land was filled. The iconic buildings opened its doors to the public on April 4, 1974. Architect Minoru Yamasaki designed the 110-storey towers which had later become the tallest buildings in the world.

An estimated $3 billion was seen as the initial cost for the reconstruction of the building in 2007. However, the cost for the reconstruction of the building had reached $3.9 billion. This made the iconic landmark the most expensive single building at the time. The state of New York had funded the reconstruction of the landmark with $250 million from its Treasury, and additional $1 billion through the sale of bonds.

Hundreds gathered near the World Trade Center on Wednesday for the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The somber ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial plaza began with a chorus singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” followed by a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time that the first hijacked plane struck the North Tower.

The tearful crowd was filled with relatives of the nearly 3,000 people who perished when the Twin Towers collapsed. The victims’ names, along with the victims killed at the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pa., were being read alphabetically by their family members.

“It’s harder to come back for this every year,” said Kathy Swift, 54, whose 29-year-old brother, Thomas Swift, was killed when the South Tower collapsed.

The Jersey City woman touched the trunk of a 25-foot tree planted in his memory and stared at it for a few seconds.

“It’s not getting any easier,” she said. “It’s getting harder.

The reading of the names was paused at 9:03 a.m., for a moment of silence to observe the time the second plane struck the South Tower. The ceremony continued until another moment of silence at 9:37 a.m., the time that Flight 77 struck the Pentagon.

Other moments of silence included one at 9:59 a.m., the moment the South Tower collapsed; 10:03 a.m., the time Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania; and at 10:28 a.m., the time the North Tower fell.