Annual 9/11 Tribute In Lights Has Been Canceled

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The 9/11 tragedy will stay in everyone’s memory for a very long time. Nearly 3,000 people were killed and 25,000 injured in a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks creating long-term health consequences.

The Twin Towers Light which shines every year in the honor of 9/11 victims won’t shine this year in the New York night sky. This annual commemorative event has been canceled because of COVID-19 fears.

“The world’s beloved twin beams of light regrettably will not shine over lower Manhattan as part of this year’s tributes to commemorate 9/11,” Michael Frazier, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum spokesperson said to PIX11. “This incredibly difficult decision was reached in consultation with our partners after concluding the health risks during the pandemic were far too great for the large crew required to produce the annual Tribute in Light.”–NgmOZgyf8_7V4LYht1KMJStbzD1OESmTRVqbdZYPsPPkSYVJgV-JSiASwb48op1475YmsuzKtyGJVKPuaI6lfidXaCmPOdMdIWk0ARhICPQ53BmIe7t5Fw3E3OS0BhSYLacW-bc9ZbaZXclnxp6Gvk2n8oAU9zAsHi4eMwoUNAFM3umz5rzwmED_EPs62wdh7bT2AQisPrugSbINnVjuU9W1xq0HUI-jiAY8i5bIonFWH6x1WTX4sNYhgi69_sbLuN6xAqAPeamhAjg0xkP3ax3Vmc6E_K9Dtj7w7g1wo79ZKCPH_LibLn2EzVzCvVoo-cVlLo4DBCIVCtwLqg38Z9ZITEunMIRvx9PIYVRKBFgBt7eKrY-VDKX4AcyTZEGDKhjCtrQQe0_HW3MtHZh6ZRweOZ2B_nEBltiJBmTGsS6E3DIF-rzAFWhr2OrWNM7qj11w0wFiwFJrHHMu3MGhtiFyRjslYAD834UEpS9vS0VKrswLCc1EiauT2DD2F63Ml8eT1CE_BOGjdGhGCw0rOYp7-GOA_Kpr4pghK135-OJLo9U6SrEFiOKXzav5dncNXceQYs6QoWSDlsLLCKgGyp4MIMWI-xvQ_Mc49M1XGNH-6ev07Yl1fqbF98t3HOoeTAjLZHlNjS2tWwUQ

This event named “Tribute in Light” is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11. Every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of September 11th, the light shines an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of America as defined by 911Memorial.Org.

The “Tribute in Light” has been canceled because it will be difficult to have nearly 40 people working closely together to produce the event while respecting the social distancing rules for several weeks. In addition to that cancelation, the annual reading of victims’ names was also canceled and replaced by a recording of the names.