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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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