NEW YORK, NY - "Tribute in Light", the powerful perennial memorial to those lost in the attacks of September 11, 2001, will not take place this year due to apparent concerns for health amid the COVID-19 crisis.
First presented six months after the attacks, the glowing towers of light have become iconic symbols and solemn reminders—not only of the unspeakable tragedy of that day but the region's remarkable resilience in the aftermath of 9/11. With the 19th anniversary of the attack weeks away, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum has called off the display.
"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," read a statement issued by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. "We hope to resume this iconic tribute for the 20th anniversary."
Traditionally assembled on the roof of the Battery Parking Garage south of the 9/11 Memorial, the twin beams reach up to four miles into the sky and are comprised of eighty-eight 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs positioned into two 48-foot squares, designed to represent the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers. The gleaming spectacle could be seen from locations across the entire Metro New York City region for several nights leading up to the annual memorial ceremony.
With the lights going out this year, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is reportedly partnering with NYC & Company and buildings throughout the city to light up their facades and spires in blue in commemoration of the 19th anniversary of 9/11.
"In a spirit of unity and remembrance, the city will come together for a 'Tribute in Lights' to inspire the world and honor the promise to never forget," according to the museum's statement.
Any buildings looking to participate in this year’s citywide “Tribute in Lights,” please contact Tributeinlight@911memorial.org.