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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/6195499.stm

 

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The first foundation columns have been laid for the Freedom Tower that will replace the World Trade Center in New York.

 

 

 

 

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There were cheers as the first 31-foot (9m) beam, painted with the American flag, was lowered into place.

 

 

 

 

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NY Governor George Pataki said: "Today the Freedom Tower rises from the ashes of September 11, and the people of New York and the people of America can be proud."

 

 

 

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More columns will be set around the perimeter of the new building over the next fortnight, among them two signed by relatives of those killed in the 9/11 attacks.

 

 

 

 

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The skyscraper is intended to fill the void in Lower Manhattan's skyline left by the collapse of the Twin Towers.

 

 

 

 

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At 1,776ft (541m) the tower will be the tallest building in the US, and one of four skyscrapers intended for the site.

 

 

 

 

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The height in feet is symbolic, referring to the year of the American Declaration of Independence.

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