CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The World Trade Center was powerful symbol of U.S. commerce, an iconic part of the New York City skyline, and for one local man it was a piece of history that he built with his own two hands.
Terrance Sadler's experience is capture in a photo album, and every page is full of memories.
"This is Tower A this is Tower B. Tower A was always ahead of tower B," Sadler explains.
Although it’s a sad reminder of what it once was, Sadler will always remember what it meant to be a part of it.
"I used to work at the post office when they put the hole there for the trade center and every day I passed that hole I said to myself, one day I will work at that building."
And he did.
In 1968 he was hired for his dream job, to help build the World Trade Center.
"Now here I am a country boy from South Carolina walking among those big steel gutters and columns they were humongous. It was an amazing sight."
Sadler worked on Tower A and knew this was something special.
"We knew it was going to be a magnificent building. The World Trade Center you know!"
He also knew how strong that building was.
"The way I saw it built when I saw those big columns in the basement it would have to be an atom bomb to knock that building. I mean it was really built."
But on September 11, 2001 Sadler saw the piece of history that he helped build crumble.
"It crushed me. I was coming home and it had hit Tower A and when I came in my house I came right to the TV and just as I walked in the room it hit Tower B. I just laid back and cried I was like wow."
The emotions are still there as we flip through the pages of his photo album.
"Can it be? That type of evil mindset in this world today knowing that you're going to kill thousands of people and you don't care?"
As the 10 year anniversary approaches he says he will take time again to look at the pictures, reminisce, and remember what it meant to be a part of an extraordinary adventure.
"It was a tremendous, " Sadler said. "Tremendous journey and I enjoyed every bit."
After the attacks, Sadler never went back to New York and says he doesn't really have plans to.