NYC Gives Itself Back Its 9/11 Tribute

City turns lights back on annual 'Tribute in Light,' which it had canceled amid COVID fears
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2020 6:11 AM CDT
NYC Turns Lights Back On on Annual 9/11 Tribute
In this Sept. 11, 2013, file photo, the twin beams of the annual Tribute in Light commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, in New York. Plans are back on, amid the pandemic, to beam the light into the Manhattan sky.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

New York City has reversed course and is turning the lights back on for its annual September 11 tribute, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday afternoon. "Honoring our 9/11 heroes is a cherished tradition. The twin towers of light signify hope, resiliency, promise and are a visual representation of #NewYorkTough,” Cuomo tweeted. "The virus has taken so much and so many. But now the tribute will continue." The city had previously canceled its annual "Tribute in Light" installation over safety fears for the large crew required amid the coronavirus. Cuomo now says that the state will add health care workers and supervision to that crew to ensure safety, reports WBTV. The installation involves 88 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs that send twin beams of light some four miles into the night sky. (Read more 9/11 anniversary stories.)

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