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1 World Trade Center reaches 1,776 feet

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One World Trade Center reached new heights on Friday as the spire at the top of the building was put into place making the building 1,776 feet tall- a reference to the birth of the nation in 1776.

Clear skies and no strong winds made it possible for crews to raise the spire.

The last piece of the spire draped with an American flag was raised to the top of the building last week but weather conditions prevented the entire needle from being permanently installed.

"It is a good feeling. Everyone has been waiting a long time. It makes me proud," said Steven Cross, an iron worker.

"It will give a tremendous indication to people around the entire region, and the world, that we're back and better than ever," said Steven Plate, who is overseeing construction of the World Trade Center.

One World Trade is the tallest building in North America.

The building is rising at the northwest corner of the site where the twin towers were destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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