As Cramer did interview after interview at the site, he soon learned that the noisy coalition of interests did come together in what he described as a "uniquely democratic way."
"One World Trade was successful in accomplishing the impossible: building a respectful memorial to those who lost their lives, as well as erecting a wondrous and secure tower that serves as a monumental statement of defiance and resilience that made me proud of our city and our country," he said.
The ability to merge commerce and remembrance in an honorable way seemed an impossible goal for Cramer. He hopes viewers who watch the documentary agree that the project succeeded in doing both.
"That is a uniquely personal judgment that you must make on your own, so I urge you to go see it for yourself," Cramer said.
Cramer also found that the people he interviewed were both thoughtful and trenchant in their remembrance, and were simultaneously proud to look forward to the day when the work was finished.
"The new construction dovetails with the reflection pools that fit the footprint of the original towers far more tastefully and respectably than I thought possible."
Most important, Cramer noted, was that he began reporting the documentary thinking he would be fearful of working with the tower. He finished with the realization that he was too fearful of the address of the building, and recognized that there is a risk of terrorism everywhere.
"Ground Zero is indeed rising in its own unique way. A story I am proud to have reported on and honored to get to share with you … Take a look at this moment and be sure to tune in for the rest tonight," Cramer said.
Programming note: "Ground Zero Rising: Fear vs. Freedom" airs on CNBC on Sept. 1 at 10 p EST