America remembers: Tribute in Light is beamed over Lower Manhattan to remember the 19th anniversary of 9/11 and 2,977 people who died

  • Tribute in Light shines once again as a memorial to the victims of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001
  • It is a welcome sight after the memorial was almost cancelled in August due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • The 9/11 Memorial and Museum originally announced that the lights would not shine this year 

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Two powerful columns of light are beaming into the sky from Lower Manhattan this evening to represent the fallen twin towers of the World Trade Center that was attacked by terrorists on September 11th, 2001.

The coronavirus pandemic meant there were alterations to usual ceremonies that are traditionally held on the tragic date.

In New York, the annual tribute was almost cancelled 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 into the sky over Manhattan in New York to mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

The Tribute in Light shines into the sky over Manhattan in New York to mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

The beams of light shine high into the night sky above one of the massive pools that sit in the 'footprints' of the original towers

The beams of light shine high into the night sky above one of the massive pools that sit in the ‘footprints’ of the original towers

The Statue of Liberty is seen as the Tribute in Light shines in downtown Manhattan to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

The Statue of Liberty is seen as the Tribute in Light shines in downtown Manhattan to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

The Tribute in Light as seen from Brooklyn with the Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground and the reflections of the East River

The Tribute in Light as seen from Brooklyn with the Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground and the reflections of the East River 

The cancellation outraged some victims’ relatives, police and fire unions and politicians, who noted that construction sites around the city were deemed safe to reopen months ago. 

The Fire Department cited the virus in urging members to skip observances of the 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, among them almost 350 firefighters.

After the Tunnel to Towers foundation said it would organize the display on its own, Governor Andrew Cuomo and former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, the memorial’s billionaire chairman, stepped in to keep the memorial-sponsored lights on. 

The Statue of Liberty and One World Trade Center are seen as the Tribute in Light shines in downtown Manhattan

The Statue of Liberty and One World Trade Center are seen as the Tribute in Light shines in downtown Manhattan

Roses are seen on the 9/11 Memorial as the Tribute in Light art installation shines into the sky over Manhattan on Friday night

Roses are seen on the 9/11 Memorial as the Tribute in Light art installation shines into the sky over Manhattan on Friday night

New York Fire Department (FDNY) firefighters stand on their truck outside the 9/11 Memorial as the Tribute in Light art installation shines into the sky over Manhattan

New York Fire Department (FDNY) firefighters stand on their truck outside the 9/11 Memorial as the Tribute in Light art installation shines into the sky over Manhattan

‘This year it is especially important that we all appreciate and commemorate 9/11, the lives lost, and the heroism displayed as New Yorkers are once again called upon to face a common enemy,’ Cuomo said in a statement. ‘I understand the Museum’s concern for health and safety, and appreciate their reconsideration. The state will provide health personnel to supervise to make sure the event is held safely while at the same time properly honoring 9/11. We will never forget.’ 

Some victims’ relatives say they understand the ground zero observance had to change in a year when so much else has.

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum also cancelled its tradition of having relatives read the names of the dead aloud and instead offered a recording to those gathered at the World Trade Center site.

A white rose is seen on the 9/11 Memorial as the Tribute in Light art installation shines into the night sky

A white rose is seen on the 9/11 Memorial as the Tribute in Light art installation shines into the night sky

The buildings of lower Manhattan are all aglow with the Tribute in Light towering above the city's iconic skyline

The buildings of lower Manhattan are all aglow with the Tribute in Light towering above the city’s iconic skyline

The Tribute in Light is pictures as seen from the New York borough of Queens

The Tribute in Light is pictures as seen from the New York borough of Queens

Lady Liberty is pictures holding her golden torch directly in the center of the two powerful beams of light as part of the tribute

Lady Liberty is pictures holding her golden torch directly in the center of the two powerful beams of light as part of the tribute

Even from a couple of miles away the lights can be seen as they illuminate the nighttime sky across the nation's biggest city

Even from a couple of miles away the lights can be seen as they illuminate the nighttime sky across the nation’s biggest city

source: dailymail.co.uk

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