Two mighty columns of light shine into the sky from Lower Manhattan tonight to depict the fallen twin towers of the World Trade Center that were attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001.
The coronavirus pandemic has meant changes have been made to customary ceremonies that traditionally take place on the tragic date.
In New York, the annual tribute was nearly canceled after the 9/11 Memorial and Museum determined a virus risk to the installation crew until the riot restored the tribute.
The Tribute in Light shines in the sky over Manhattan, New York, on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
The rays of light shine high into the night sky above one of the massive pools that are in the footprints of the original towers
The Statue of Liberty is viewed as a tribute in light 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 the Light as seen from Brooklyn with the Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground and the reflections of the East River
Tribute in Light, two vertical columns of light depicting the fallen towers of the World Trade Center, glow against the skyline of Lower Manhattan as viewed from Jersey City, New Jersey
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.
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.
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.
"This year it is especially important that we all cherish and commemorate September 11th, the lost lives and heroism that New Yorkers display when they are called upon to face a common enemy again," said Cuomo in a statement. “I understand the museum's concern for health and safety and appreciate your re-exam. The state will oversee health workers to ensure the event is held safely while properly celebrating September 11th. We will never forget. & # 39;
The annual Tribute in Light of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum was initially canceled this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo overturned that decision and announced that the state would provide health workers and oversight to maintain the lighting system
The Statue of Liberty and One World Trade Center are considered tributes in light in downtown Manhattan
Roses can be seen on the 9/11 Memorial, while the art installation Tribute in Light shines into the sky over Manhattan on Friday evening
Firefighters from the New York Fire Department (FDNY) stand on their truck in front of the 9/11 Memorial as the art installation Tribute in Light shines into the sky above Manhattan
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 National Memorial and Museum on Sept. 11 also overturned its tradition of having relatives read the names of the dead, instead offering a recording to those gathered at the World Trade Center site.
According to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the two beams of light consist of 88 7,000-watt xenon lightbulbs positioned in two 48-foot squares that reflect the shape and orientation of the twin tower.
The lights extend four miles into the sky and can be viewed from a 60 mile radius of Lower Manhattan.
The Tribute in Light lit up at dusk on Friday and will light up the sky overnight until dawn on Saturday.
You can see the steel and glass towers of Lower Manhattan's financial center dwarfed by the towering rays of the Tribute in Light
A white rose can be seen on the 9/11 memorial, while the art installation Tribute in Light shines in the night sky
Lower Manhattan buildings all glow with the Tribute in Light towering over the city's iconic skyline
Another look at the moving tribute from the Brooklyn side of the East River looking out over downtown Manhattan
The Tribute in Light are pictures from the New York borough of Queens
Lady Liberty is an image holding her golden torch as part of the tribute right in the middle of the two powerful rays of light
People take time to watch the tribute on the 19th anniversary of the attacks from Jersey City across the Hudson River
Even from a few kilometers away, the lights can be seen illuminating the night sky over the largest city in the country
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