The Official Opening of the World Trade Center was in 1973. It was destroyed in on September 11, 2001.
Total number killed in attacks: 2,819
Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343
Number of NYPD officers: 23
Number of Port Authority police officers: 37
Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115
Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609
Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051
Tons of debris removed from site: 1,506,124
Days fires continued to burn after the attack: 99
Estimated number of New Yorkers suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder as a result of 9/11: 422,000
Distance, in miles, from which the burning towers were visible: 20
It was a 102-minutes between the moment Flight 11 hit the first Twin Tower on the morning of September 11, 2001, and the moment the second tower collapsed.
Bloodplanes break the silence of clouds–strangely
Lonesome–as we, the living, pierce ourselves with the
Hooks of memory, digging without rest, digging night
& day, throwing ourselves into the holes of grief in
Search of ourselves changed forever–looking up,
Seeing nothing, in disbelief looking up again.
©2001, Jim Cohn