It was the World Trade Center before September 11, 2001, and even on that horrible day when terrorists brought down the Twin Towers that were the centerpiece of New York City’s World Trade Center, it was called the World Trade Center, or WTC for short.
Somehow, it has been known ever since as Ground Zero.
The Pentagon, which also was hit by terrorists on 9-11, is not called Ground Zero.
The field in Shanksville, Penna. where brave passengers gave their lives to prevent another airplane from flying into the U.S. Capitol building or the White House, also is not called Ground Zero.
Only the World Trade Center in my hometown New York City is called Ground Zero.
I am one of those native and lifelong New Yorkers who has never ever called the World Trade Center site Ground Zero. Never have. Never will.
It has offended me each and every time I have heard those two words in the nine years and six months since that horrible, awful, life-changing, world-changing day.
Now that the devil Osama bin Laden has been hunted down and killed, can we please stop using the words Ground Zero.
Now that new Twin Towers are rising at the World Trade Center site, can we please stop using the words Ground Zero.
Now that the memorial to the slaughtered victims is almost completed — victims which included office workers, passersby and members of our hard-working and selfless police, firefighters, EMS and other uniformed and non-uniformed First Responders — can we please stop using the words Ground Zero.
Now that President Barack Obama has visited the new World Trade Center site to acknowledge the death of the devil OBL and meet with members of families who lost loved ones, including families and members of our New York’s Finest, the NYPD, and our New York’s Bravest, the FDNY, can we please stop using the words Ground Zero.
We will never forget what happened that day. But let’s please forget about using the words Ground Zero going forward.
That’s my opinion. What’s yours?
by Evelyn Kanter, Founder/Publisher/Editor of NYC on the Cheap