America remembers: Tribute in Light beamed across Lower Manhattan to commemorate 19th anniversary of 9/11 and 2,977 people who died
- Tribute in Light shines again as a memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks
- It’s a welcome sight after the August commemoration was almost canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic
- The 9/11 Memorial and Museum originally announced that the lights would not shine this year
Two powerful columns of light beam into the sky tonight from Lower Manhattan to represent the fallen twin towers of the World Trade Center that were attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001.
The coronavirus pandemic meant there were changes to the usual ceremonies traditionally held on the tragic date.
In New York, the annual tribute was almost canceled after the 9/11 Memorial and Museum said there was a virus risk to the installation crew until the uproar restored the tribute.
The Tribute in Light shines in the sky over Manhattan in New York City to mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
The cancellation was outraged by some of the victims’ relatives, police and firefighters, and politicians, who noted that construction sites in the city were considered safe to reopen months ago.
The fire service cited the virus by urging members to skip observations of the 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, including nearly 350 firefighters.
After the Tunnel to Towers foundation said it would host the exhibit itself, Governor Andrew Cuomo and former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, the monument’s billionaire chairman, stepped in to keep the lights sponsored by the monument.
“ This year it’s especially important that we all appreciate and remember 9/11, the lives lost and the heroism on display when New Yorkers are called up again to face a common enemy, ” Cuomo said in a statement. I understand the museum’s concerns about health and safety and appreciate their rethink. The state will provide health personnel to supervise to ensure the event is kept safe while properly honoring 9/11. We will never forget. ‘
The relatives of some of the victims say they understand that the ground zero observation had to change in a year when so much different happened.
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum also canceled the tradition of having family members read aloud the names of the dead and instead offered a recording to those who gathered at the World Trade Center site.