9/11 memorial will light up skies after all, despite earlier coronavirus concerns

9/11 memorial will light up skies after all, despite earlier coronavirus concerns

"I want to particularly thank Mike Bloomberg, Governor Cuomo and the Lower Manhattan Development Corp for their assistance in offsetting the increased costs associated with the health and safety considerations around the tribute this year and the technical support of so many that will enable the Tribute to be a continuing source of comfort to families and an inspiration to the world going forward".

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Last month, organizers also cited the pandemic in canceling the annual reading of names in person by relatives of the terror attack victims.

Tunnel to Towers took this step after the National September 11 Memorial & Museum announced families would not be invited to participate, and a recording of names would be played instead due to COVID-19 concerns. The museum said it wanted to comply with federal and state social distancing guidelines, the outlet reported.

A bipartisan group of City Council members, including Minority Leader Steven Matteo (R-Mid-Island) and Councilman Joe Borelli (R-South Shore), said they were confident that the workers needed for the massive light display could be sourced from local unions after coordinating with the AFL-CIO New York City Central Labor Council.

"Throughout my tenure as Mayor the Tribute in Light was a powerful symbol of New York's recovery after 9/11".

'The world's beloved twin beams of light regrettably will not shine over Lower Manhattan as part of this year's 9/11 tributes after concluding the health risks during the pandemic were far too great, ' Frazier said in a statement.

Gov. Cuomo said that NY health personnel will supervise the nuts and bolts of the tribute. "We said, 'wait, wait, wait".

"Honoring our 9/11 heroes is a cherished tradition".

Tribute in Light features 88 vertical floodlights, the light of which merges into two beams, symbolizing the towers of the World Trade Center, destroyed by terrorist attacks. "This incredibly hard 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".

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Bloomberg, meanwhile, tweeted his thanks to Cuomo 'for providing personnel and joining us to ensure the lights shine on'.

Ed Mullins, the President of the 13,000 member NYC Sergeants Benevolent Association, announced today that the SBA will host a Tribute in Light on the evening of September 11, 2020.

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