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Now that construction has finally started at Ground Zero, it seems that the cornerstone at Ground Zero is what everyone wants to see. However, you can't really see the slab of granite, about 9 feet by 4 feet, because it's set beneath the site, though you can see it from a footbridge over Vesey Street. There is something beautiful and sad about the cornerstone, and it does give people something to focus on other than the gaping hole and to be hopeful for the new era at the World Trade Center.

Here are some panoramas of the activities at Ground Zero during the groundbreaking this past July 4th.Read the NY Times' report on the groundbreaking; they also had an editorial about what federal funding should go towards in terms of rebuilding downtown.