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Martin Hinton

New York

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The Rise Of Freedom: At the Heart of Rebuilding the WTC, Silverstein

September 23, 2010 - 8:00 AM | by: Martin Hinton

Silverstein Properties acquired the lease to the World Trade Center in the summer of 2001.  For its namesake, owner Larry Silverstein, it was a dream come true.

“In 1987, I remember looking up to the Twin Towers and saying to myself, wouldn’t it be fantastic some day to own those buildings!”

Just six weeks later the Twin Towers and the rest of the World Trade Center were reduced to rubble.  But the loss of material things on that beautiful late summer day is an irrelevant sidebar to the thousands of lives taken by the ruthless actions of 19 radical Islamic terrorists.  Today the focus at what was Ground Zero is the new World Trade Center and the National 9-11 Memorial and Museum.  And Larry Silverstein is at the heart of it all.

From his office overlooking the construction site he monitors the progress as any business owner large or small should.  He does this with an attention to detail and a passion for rebuilding the city he has called home all his life.  “When I started dating, the Staten Island Ferry was a wonderful place to take a date on a Saturday night.  And that was one of the joys of being, being here in the city of New York.”

One fascinating part of Larry’s story is just how close he came to being another victim on that horrible day, less than a decade ago.  For that amazing story of how love saved Larry Silverstein’s life you’ll need to watch Fox Report with Shepard Smith tonight at 7pm or come back here after the show and watch the amazing story online.

Finally, you can see much more on the building of the new World Trade Center and National 911 Memorial and Museum by visiting these sites www.foxnews.com/freedomwww.wtc.com and http://www.national911memorial.org.

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