TODAY   |  May 10, 2013

Matt Lauer shares awesome view from WTC spire

TODAY’s Matt Lauer opens Friday’s broadcast with a breathtaking (and, according to Savannah, stomach-churning) view from the top of One World Trade Center as workers prepare to lift the final pieces of the spire that will take the tower to its full height of 1,776 feet.

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>>> are about to raise the final two sections of the spire, making it the tallest building in the western hemisphere , an historic moment. "today," friday, may 10th , 2013 . captions paid for by nbc- universal television

>>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to this special edition of "today" on a friday morning, and wow. take a look at the view from a crane about 105 stories up on the top of one world trade center , a building that is so significant to the people here in new york and all across the country, and savannah, it is a stunning, stunning morning. i'm about 1,500 feet in the air and you're down at sea level . savannah, good morning to you.

>> matt, i hope you're not afraid of heights. sometimes you have to go to great lengths to witness history and we're all going to see something really momentous in this next hour.

>> we are. we've been given unprecedented access by the port authority of new york and new jersey and in just a couple of minutes i'm going to get to give a signal and history will take place. the workers here on a crane are going to lift the final two sections of the spire, sections 17 and 18, they'll lift it to the top of what has already been constructed 1,701 feet in the air and they'll gently place those sections down 75 feet of sections and this building will soar to a height of 1,776 feet, so is symbolic, so significant and as i said t will become the tallest building in the western hemisphere and savannah, i don't know how you feel about heights but i just want to give you a sense of where i'm standing, i'm on a platform right on the edge and take a look down, 105 stories down. if you don't like heights, this isn't the place to be this morning, but we are going to have some amacing sights and sounds for you coming up, so vanna.

>> if my stomach is doing somersaults i don't know what you're doing. hold on tight , put your hand back on that railing, please. we'll check back in with you in a moment and we will be witnessing history, an incredible, incredible moment.

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