The Official Story
WORLD TRADE CENTER
During the September 11, 2001 attacks, two aircraft hijacked by 10 al-Qaeda terrorists flew into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, causing massive damage and starting fires that caused the weakened 110-story skyscrapers to collapse. The destroyed World Trade Center site soon became known as “ground zero.” Rescue workers also used the phrase “The Pile”, referring to the pile of rubble that was left after the buildings collapsed.
Even after the site was cleaned up and construction on the new One World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum were well under way, the term was still frequently used to refer to the site, as when opponents of the Park51 project that was to be located two blocks away from the site labeled it the “Ground Zero mosque.”
In advance of the 10th anniversary of the attacks, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg urged that the “ground zero” moniker be retired, saying, “…the time has come to call those 16 acres what they are: The World Trade Center and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.”