Every year since the 9/11 terrorist attack that took the lives of thousands of people in Lower Manhattan, the city of New York remembers and honors the victims with a light installation on the days leading up to the anniversary of the attack on the Twin Tower.
According to the Municipal Art Society, the installation first appeared in 2002, according to the Municipal Art Society, and they have been coming up every year up until now. For over a decade, two beams of lights are set up in lower Manhattan.
However, this year the installation known as the “Tribute in Light” will be cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns.
According to Fox News, officials at the September 11 Memorial & Museum have said they would not have the light display this year, out of concerns that the virus could spread among the workers that would be needed to put up the installation.
Michael Frazier, a spokesperson for the Museum, said on Thursday that instead of the installation, New York City buildings will light up their facades in blue spires.
“The world’s beloved twin beams of light regrettably will not shine over lower Manhattan as part of this year’s tributes to commemorate 9/11,” he said in a statement.
The installation, known as the “Tribute in Light,” will return next year, Mr. Frazier said.
The city of New York now faces criticism because of a move that seems contradictory to what Mayor Bill DeBlasio has been encouraging for months: large gatherings to protest for the “Black Lives Matter,” a group which many people view to be a political organization after its founders declared themselves trained Marxists.
Mayor DeBlasio also used public funds and resources to make what seems to be a political statement by painting the Black Lives Matter slogan directly across the street from Trump Tower. An unprecedented move, which made set the precedent to make the streets of the city of New York a public forum.
Painting “Black Lives Matter” on a Fifth Avenue street by the Mayor caused a large gathering by hundreds of people, something that could potentially cause the spread of the virus. Yet a tribute to the victims of 9/11 seems to be too risky for the city this time around.