NEW YORK - The first lights to grace the One World Trade Center spire were red, white and blue as the LED lighting system was tested Friday.

The the beacon and spire were illuminated for the first time as part of systems testing on the new building by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the building.

Part of the test appeared to involve rotating through the many color options afforded by the LEDs.

"All the progress on building it's really a terrific night for America," says Eric Endress. "That they lit the spire puts us a step closer to having it all back."

One World Trade Center stands 1,776 feet high, which makes it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere when you include the spire. Without the spire the Willis Tower in Chicago holds the record as tallest building.

On a clear night, the bright spire is said to be visible as far as 50 miles away, and New Jersey residents have the best views.

One World Trade will open for business in 2014.