Twin beams of light won’t shine during 9/11 tribute in NYC

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FILE – In this Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, file photo, the twin beams of the annual Tribute in Light commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks shine amid the city’s skyline, in New York. The twin beams of light representing the World Trade Center towers won’t be beamed into the sky during the 2020 memorial of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City, because of concerns about the coronavirus and the health of work crews. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

NEW YORK (AP/WPRI) — Twin beams of light representing the World Trade Center towers won’t be beamed into the sky during this year’s memorial of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City.

On Thursday, organizers said they canceled the “Tribute in Light” display because of concerns about the coronavirus.

“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 said in a post on its website.

The National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum says spires and facades of buildings in Manhattan will be illuminated in blue instead.

Last month, organizers also said the pandemic was due to the cancellation of the annual reading of names in person by relatives of the terror attack victims.

The museum hopes to resume the tribute for the 20th anniversary next year.

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