Today, the first steel beams for Freedom Tower were installed at the World Trade Center site. Governor Pataki said, "Today the steel rises, the Freedom Tower rises from the ashes of Sept. 11, and the people of New York and the people of American can be proud." The first steel beam placed had the words "Freedom Tower" on it.


We're surprised it didn't say, "America, F--- Yeah!". The second beam installed was the one signed by the public in New York City and Virginia (at the factory). More beams will rise to street level by next spring.

Photographs of Freedom Tower's steel beam installation at Ground Zero by Kathy Willens/AP