“Tribute in Light” will not shine over lower Manhattan as part of this year’s Sept. 11 commemoration over COVID-19 concerns, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum announced.
“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,” the group said in a statement. “We hope to resume this iconic tribute for the 20th anniversary.”
The beams reach up to four miles into the sky and are comprised of eighty-eight 7,000-watt lightbulbs positioned into two 48-foot squares, that looks like the Twin Towers.
“Tribute in Light” first went live six months after 9/11, and then on the night of September 11. It has become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York, the group says.