Light tributes to the victims of September 11th shone across America as the commemorations begin on the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
The tributes to those who lost their lives have changed this year with restrictions due to Covid-19.
In New York, the annual Tribute in Light was almost canceled after the 9/11 Memorial and Museum found a virus risk to the installation crew.
In Washington, a tower of blue light shone over the Pentagon, one of many changes to the annual commemoration that was scaled back this year.
In New York, the annual Tribute in Light was almost canceled after the 9/11 Memorial and Museum found a virus risk to the installation crew. The tribute shone over the Manhattan skyline last night
In Washington, a tower of blue light shone over the Pentagon, one of many changes to the annual remembrance last night. It remains illuminated until the early hours of the morning on Saturday 12th
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation lit its tribute to the "Towers of Light" next to the Pentagon on Wednesday and will remain lit until the early morning hours of Saturday 12th.
This is to honor the lives lost on Flight 77, which hit the Pentagon after a hijacking and in which all 64 passengers and 6 crew members on board and 125 people in the building were killed.
Military leaders will perform the Pentagon ceremony in the absence of the victims' families and the names of their loved ones will be recited through a record.
Although they will not be read on site, the victims' families will be able to visit the Pentagon Memorial in small groups later on Friday.
Light tributes to the victims of September 11th shone across Washington as America commemorates the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks
The tributes to those who lost their lives have changed this year with restrictions due to Covid-19
President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden both plan to visit the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania on Friday, but not at the same time.
Trump speaks at a morning ceremony, with Biden paying his respects in the afternoon.
It will also be the first time since taking office that neither President Donald Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence will attend the Pentagon ceremony.
Pence plans to attend memorial ceremonies in New York City and visit Ground Zero first before attending the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation event.
Biden will also visit the main New York memorial before heading to Pennsylvania.
Military leaders will perform the Pentagon ceremony in the absence of the victims' families and the names of their loved ones will be recited through a record
In New York, the double beams of light reminiscent of the fallen Twin Towers have been almost negated in the name of virus security until a riot restored the toll.
The fire department cited the virus by asking members to skip watching the 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, including nearly 350 firefighters.
The relatives of some of the victims say they understood that Ground Zero compliance had to change in a year where so much else has happened.
The September 11th National Memorial and Museum has broken its tradition of having relatives read the names of the dead.
Instead, a recording is offered to those gathered at the World Trade Center site.
Many events take place online rather than in front of a crowd, like the big flag that unfolds in the Pentagon
"It's another slap in the face," says Jim Riches, who lost his son Jimmy, a firefighter.
The father is staying at home for the first time this year for the anniversary because he does not want to take any risk with the coronavirus after an earlier illness.
But he believes that others should be able to recite the names of the dead in the memorial instead of listening to a recording.
The relatives of some victims felt that the change robbed observation of its emotional impact.
Another 9/11 group, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, held a concurrent ceremony in New York in response.
The annual "Tribute in Light" of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum will also take place after the memorial announced last month it would destroy the two blue rays
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum's annual "Tribute in Light" will also take place after it was announced last month that the two blue rays shining in the night sky over Lower Manhattan were about to be lifted.
While there is no official gathering to see the lights, virus risks to the installation crew have been identified at the memorial.
The cancellation outraged relatives of some of the victims, police, fire brigades and politicians, who discovered that construction sites across the city were considered safe to reopen months ago.
After the Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced it would organize the exhibition itself, Governor Andrew Cuomo and former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire chairman of the monument, stepped in to keep the monument-sponsored lights on.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, the memorial's billionaire chairman, stepped in to keep the memorial-sponsored lights on
It came after a federal judge ordered the Saudi Arabian government to provide officials on the eve of the anniversary for testimony of their knowledge of the terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.
According to Yahoo! 24 current and former officials including Prince Bandar, the former ambassador to the United States. News.
The order was hailed by the families of the 9/11 victims as a milestone in their years of efforts to prove that some Saudi officials were either involved in the attacks or were aware of the kidnappers' plans months earlier.
However, the effect of the judgment may depend on the willingness of the Saudi government to make its citizens available to testify, as some people no longer hold positions and therefore cannot be compelled to testify.