Spire rises in the ashes of Twin Towers in New York

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Anticipation as workers await the hoisting of the spire on New York's One World Trade Center.

The spire is topped with lights that will make it visible up to 50 miles, or 80 kilometers on a clear day.

Formerly called the Freedom Tower, One World Trade Center is one of four skyscrapers being built at the location of the fallen Twin Towers, which were leveled in the attacks on September 11th, 2001. It stands some 1,776 feet or 541 meters -- above the ground.

While the builders take pride in their handiwork -- it comes with mixed emotions.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ADAM CROSS, IRON WORKER, SAYING:

"There is pride in it knowing that we are here, we put it up. We built all this so it's something that we will always know."

The completed spire makes the building the tallest in the Western Hemisphere -- standing 47 feet or 14 meters taller than Chicago's Willis Tower.

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