9/11 ‘Tribute in Light’ canceled over COVID-19 concerns

Kimberly Dole
August 13, 2020 - 8:00 pm
9/11 Tribute in Light

Getty Images


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The 'Tribute in Light,' to commemorate the thousands of victims during the terrorist attack on Sept. 11 was canceled this year due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum announced on their website Thursday.

"Tribute in Light, the world’s beloved twin beams of light, will not shine over lower Manhattan as part of this year’s 9/11 commemoration. 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 museum wrote.

"We hope to resume this iconic tribute for the 20th anniversary," it added.

Instead, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum will partner with NYC & Company and light up buildings across the city 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," 9/11 Memorial and Museum spokesman Michael Frazier said.

Recently a spokesperson for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum announced that the annual reading of the names was also canceled "out of an abundance of caution in response to COVID-19."