In New York City, a US flag-covered spire was hoisted high to the new World Trade Center roof to help complete a symbolic building.
Flapping in the cool breeze, a US flag that adorned the last piece of silver spire was raised to the very top of the World Trade Center on Thursday, May 2. The construction workers cheered as the stars and stripes were slowly hoisted up.
The last two segments of the 408-foot spire will remain on the construction platform and draped with the American flag for a few weeks until the whole needle is ready to be permanently installed. When all is said and done, the trade center will symbolically soar 1,776 feet high, which is meant to reference the birth of the nation in 1776.
The spire consists of 18 separate parts and weighs 758 tons. A barge brought it to Manhattan many months ago. Steven Plate, the man overseeing construction of the building said, “It will give a tremendous indication to people around the entire region, and the world, that we’re back and better than ever.”
The US flag-covered spire isn’t only for show. With a beacon at its very peak, the tall needle with also provide public transmission services for radio and TV broadcasts. A LED-powered light will also allow the structure to be seen for miles.
The new building is going up at the northwest corner of where the twin towers were destroyed on September 11th, 2001. With the addition of the 408-foot spire, the World Trade Center building will officially be the tallest building in the United States, and 3rd tallest in the world.
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