Sears Tower observatory reopening
CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- The viewing deck atop Chicago's Sears Tower is reopening to the public Monday for the first time since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Former President George Bush joined Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and other dignitaries at a news conference announcing the reopening of the tallest skyscraper in the United States.
"By reopening this symbol of strength and vitality in America's heartland, you're sending a clear message that the terrorists have failed in one of their objectives," Bush said.
"They thought they could strike fear in our hearts, and for a while, maybe they were successful. No longer."
The Skydeck at the 27-year-old, 110-story building is one of the top tourist attractions in Chicago, drawing 1.3 million annually. It was closed as a precaution while additional security measures were put in place and was scheduled to be reopened Monday afternoon.
Mayor Richard M. Daley called the Sears Tower, which ranks just behind the twin Petronas Towers in Malaysia among the world's tallest, an important part of Chicago history and "a symbol of this great city."
"Now it's time to get things back to normal here and throughout the nation," he said.
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