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May 1st, 2012
01:04 PM ET

Only in America: Piers Morgan on the rebirth of Ground Zero, New York, and America

On Monday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to detail precisely the type of topic for which the concept was created, "a story that illustrates the unique quality and essence of the United States."

It's been more than 10 years since the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center's Twin Towers, but Morgan vividly remembers first seeing the devastation shortly thereafter:

"I flew over Ground Zero in helicopter a month after it happened. I was shocked to my very core at what I saw," recalls the host. "A vast slice of this great city's commercial heartland ripped down to smoldering rubble. It was a sickening sight."

In the aftermath of the tragedy the killed nearly 3,000 people, America was challenged, with the rest of the world wondering how the country would respond.

"Well, today, we got the answer, bigger and better than ever," declared Morgan. "This afternoon, One World Trade Center, formally known as the Freedom Tower, surpassed the Empire State Building as the tallest building in New York at 1,271 feet."

Reached exactly one year since the strike that killed Osama bin Laden, the timing of Monday's milestone is ironic and poetic, if not specific and calculated.

"The message from America to those who wish to bring it harm couldn't be clearer," Morgan concluded. "You may hurt us, you may damage us, you may even kill some of us. But you will never, ever beat us."

Only in America, says the host: "That surely is the spirit that made America the world's greatest superpower, and the spirit that will ensure whatever difficulties are thrown its way, it stays there for a long time to come."
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  1. Keir Weimer

    Keir Weimer believes this is a great achievement for New York City, for the United States and for the American people as a whole. When catastrophe and tragedy strike this nation, it sets its resolve on a course of renewed purpose and conscious pride.

    Keir Weimer thinks everyone should be proud of this accomplishment, and we all eagerly wait for the Tower and site to be fully complete, so the rest of the world can see our commitment to our country and our way of life.

    -Keir Weimer

    May 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. karen stephenson

    I am sure my comment will be deleted. I just watched piers morgan dismiss at the end of the interview Dan Rather. He may be slow of speech, but let's not dismiss an accurate journalist who was punished for being correct. Shame on you Piers.

    May 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. maria bulat

    Thank you Piers! I enjoyed listening to Dan Rather.

    May 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Anne Schapiro

    Love your show Piers – wonderful to see a journalist unafraid to 'say it as it is'. But must question why most anchors (excluding yourself) on CNN refer to President Obama as 'Mr' and not President? I never heard Bush referred to as 'Mr'!
    As much as I respect Anderson Cooper I again heard him use 'Mr.' while commenting on The President's trip to Afghanistan today. I also watch ABC, CBS etc. and have never heard the term Mr. used when referring to President Obama. I Wish to tell you that this has become very noticeable by your neighbors to the North. Again, love your show and keep up the great interviews.

    May 1, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    We should have built those buildings back up! But i did like your statement.
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