Within days of the collapse of the Twin Towers, Earthcam founder and CEO Brian Cury installed a webcam at the site. Cury said at the time that he wanted the families of the victims — and the world — to see the determination of the first responders and others working at Ground Zero.
In the weeks, months and years that followed, Cury added more cameras that documented the rebuilding of the site and construction of the National 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Ten years and one million images later, Cury's team released a video on Thursday that shows a stunning time-lapse of the site's construction.
"This commemorative time-lapse honors the victims of 9/11 and is dedicated to their families and friends, with special gratitude to the first responders and the steadfast construction teams," Cury says.
"I hope this time-lapse serves as a way to recognize that for the 10 years of construction, there was constant progress made to rebuild these important 16 acres of America."
And rebuild those 16 acres we did. Then again, was there ever any doubt? While terrorists may have knocked down our buildings and murdered our citizens, they will never destroy our liberty; this is America.