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Spire of New World Trade Center Permanently Installed

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the morning sun against a pale blue sky, construction workers installed the final pieces of the spire atop 1 World Trade Center.

The spire was brought to the top of the building informally known as the “Freedom Tower” last Thursday, and was permanently installed during the Friday morning commute.

The installation of the spire brings the building up to its final symbolic height of 1,776 feet, -- the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Without the spire, the buildings final height is second to Chicago’s Willis Tower.

There is some ongoing debate over whether the new addition is a spire or actually an antenna, which would not count towards official building height, but that did not seem to matter to the construction workers and bystanders who applauded as they gazed up at the finished spire, towering over a bustling city.

“If you strain your neck and arch your back and look way up there,” ABC News’ Aaron Katersky reported, “you can see the American flag fluttering in the wind.”

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WATCH: Time-Lapse Video Shows 6-Year One World Trade Construction

ABC (NEW YORK) -- In a matter of days, One World Trade Center could be the tallest building in Manhattan and one of the tallest in the world.

The building is expected to be taller than New York’s iconic Empire State Building, which currently rises 1,250 feet to the 102nd-floor observation deck.

One World Trade is being built on the site of the original World Trade Center towers -- or Twin Towers. They were the tallest buildings in the city, but were destroyed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, in which an estimated 3,000 people were killed.

The progression of construction on One World Trade can be seen in a two-minute, time-lapse video from EarthCam, the international webcam technology company.

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Construction is estimated to be finished in 2013 or 2014. One World Trade Center will stand 1,776 feet tall.

The construction began six years ago. One hundred floors have been built so far, and four more remain before the tower is completed.

The site also is home to 4 World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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