NEW YORK (AP) – Two twin beams of light representing the World Trade Center towers will not be projected skyward during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack ceremony in New York City due to concerns for the coronavirus pandemic, organizers of this annual event said Thursday.
Michael Frazier, a spokesman for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, said organizers expressed concern about the health risks for workers who would stage the show.
“Sadly the twin rays of light beloved in the world will not shine on Lower Manhattan as part of this year’s tributes,” Frazier said in a statement.
The Monument and Museum is planning an alternative exhibit that will include lighting the spiers and facades of buildings in Manhattan in blue, he added.
Last month, organizers also cited the pandemic as the reason for canceling one of the most emotional parts of previous tributes: the personal messages narrated by families of the victims. They said that recordings of the name readings from the museum’s “In Remembrance” exhibit will be used instead of relatives reading the names in person.
Some 3,000 people lost their lives when planes piloted by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.