Beam signed by Obama raised at World Trade Center

August 2, 2012 - 4:35 PM
World Trade Center Obama Beam

Ironworker Billy Geoghan reaches out to maneuver a steel beam as it is lifted by crane to the 104th floor of 1 World Trade Center, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 in New York. The beam was signed by President Barack Obama with the notes: "We remember," ''We rebuild" and "We come back stronger!" during a ceremony at the construction site June 14. Since then the beam has been adorned with the autographs of workers and police officers at the site. The beam will be sealed into the structure of the tower, which is scheduled for completion in 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK (AP) — A steel beam signed by President Barack Obama was lifted into place Thursday at the top of the 104-story One World Trade Center.

A crane atop the building raised the beam from the ground after dozens of people, including construction workers and police officers, added their own signatures near those of the president and first lady Michelle Obama.

"It feels really good to be a part of it," said iron worker James Brady, part of the crew that lifted the beam. "I feel very proud to be here. I feel very lucky to be here."

On June 14, the Obamas visited the skyscraper that's being built to replace the twin towers destroyed by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001. The white beam contains the words "One World Trade Center" painted in blue. Obama wrote in marker: "We remember," ''We rebuild" and "We come back stronger!"

The signatures will no longer be visible as the beam, which is 35 feet long and weighs 11,000 pounds, is enveloped by the structure.

"It will be, as the rest of the beams are, one that will support this building in years to come, decades to come," said Steven Plate, head of World Trade Center construction for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site.

The skyscraper, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, is expected to be completed in early 2014.

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