New York City’s Annual 9/11 Light Tribute Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

In this Sept. 11, 2013, file photo, the twin beams of the annual Tribute in Light commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks shine amid the city’s skyline, in New York.
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The two beams of light memorializing the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and the Twin Towers won’t shine this year during an annual tribute in New York due to health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, event organizers said.

Michael Frazier, a spokesman for National September 11 Memorial & Museum, said that organizers were worried about the health of workers who would set up the display leading up the 19th anniversary of the terror attacks.

“The world’s beloved twin beams of light regrettably will not shine over Lower Manhattan as part of this year’s tributes,” Frazier said in a statement.

The twin beams first lit up the sky on the 6-month anniversary of the attacks and can be seen each year on Sept. 11, according to the Municipal Art Society of New York, which first produced the tribute. The beams shine up to four miles into the sky and can be seen for miles around the city and surrounding area.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Ryan W. Miller