WTC workers scrawl graffiti of defiance, hope

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    http://www.centurylink.net/news/rea...org>&news_id=19275851&src=most_popular_viewed

    NEW YORK (AP) — On most construction projects, workers are discouraged from signing or otherwise scrawling on the iron and concrete. At the skyscraper rising at ground zero, though, they're being invited to leave messages for the ages.

    "Freedom Forever. WTC 9/11" is scrawled on a beam near the top of the gleaming, 104-story One World Trade Center. "Change is from within" is on a beam on the roof. Another reads: "God Bless the workers & inhabitants of this bldg."

    One of the last pieces of steel hoisted up last year sits near a precarious edge. The message on it reads: "We remember. We rebuild. We come back stronger!" It is signed by a visitor to the site last year — President Barack Obama.

    The words on beams, walls and stairwells of the skyscraper that replaces the twin towers lost on Sept. 11, 2001, form the graffiti of defiance and rebirth, what ironworker supervisor Kevin Murphy calls "things from the heart." They're remembrances of the 2,700 people who died, and testaments to the hope that rose from a shattered morning.

    "This is not just any construction site, this is a special place for these guys," says Murphy of the 1,000 men and some women who work in the building at any given time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.............

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    So bittersweet...

    Hard to believe it has already been more than a decade since that day. Feels like just yesterday, at times.

    I've been to ground zero several times since the new tower has been going up - it looks incredible. I didn't like the sketches, and pics didn't do it justice, but in person it's gorgeous.

    RIP all... :rose:
     

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