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World Trade Center becomes tallest US building at 1776 feet

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The spire for the top of One World Trade Center is hoisted into place at the top of the building in New York City, on May 10, 2013. The spire has been put in place on One World Trade Center bringing the iconic structure to its full, symbolic height of 1776 feet.

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WTC worker Tyler Brown taking in the view after the spire has been installed at the top of One World Trade Center.

A crane lifted the last of a 408-foot tall spire on top of One World Trade Center on Friday, a capstone to an emotional 12-year effort to replace the twin towers destroyed by terrorists.

The 18-piece silver spire will top out the tower at a symbolic 1,776 feet, a nod to the year America signed the Declaration of Independence. The new building is just north of the original towers, now the hallowed ground known as Ground Zero. Continue reading.

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The final piece of spire is hoisted in place on top of One World Trade Center, on May 10, 2013 in New York. The addition of the spire, and its raising of the building's height to 1,776 feet, would make One World Trade Center the tallest structure in the U.S. and third-tallest in the world.

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Iron workers look at names signed inside of the final piece of the spire on top of the One World Trade Center in New York on May 10, 2013. Workers cheered and whistled as they completed the spire on New York's One World Trade Center on Friday, raising the building to its full height of 1,776 feet and helping fill a void in the skyline left by the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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An iron worker takes a photograph of a crane as it places the final piece of the spire on top of the One World Trade Center in New York on May 10, 2013.

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The skyline of Manhattan from the top of One World Trade Center on May 10, 2013.

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The spire for the top of One World Trade Center is hoisted into place at the top of the building in New York, on May 10, 2013. The State of Liberty is seen bottom right.

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