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Light it Blue for 9/11

Despite Tribute of Lights cancellation, millions of Americans plan to light up in blue in September 11 memorial.

Photo by Matteo Catanese

You’ve seen blue light being used to honor first responders and healthcare workers during the pandemic, and now once again Americans are using blue light to honor the lives lost on September 11, 2001.

Since 2012, part of the September 11 memorial has included the striking “Tribute in Light,” in which two columns of light are beamed four miles into the sky from ground zero, where the Twin Towers once stood.

This year, however, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum decided to forego the Tribute in Light, due to concerns of bringing in the 40-person team that is needed for the ceremony amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The world’s beloved twin beams of light regrettably will not shine over Lower Manhattan as part of this year’s tributes,” Michael Frazier, a memorial and museum spokesman, said in a statement. “The health risks during the pandemic were far too great for the large crew.”

Instead, the memorial and museum announced that they will honor the anniversary by illuminating buildings across the city in blue light. In response, Americans have begun to follow suit in buying blue lights of their own.

Already amidst the pandemic, we have seen the power and hope that is inspired by light. Watching buildings across the nation #LightItBlue to honor healthcare workers made headlines and brought a sense of unity.

Once again, we come together to show that even a pandemic cannot cast a shadow on the unity of our country in honoring the lives lost on September 11. While we may not have the official “Tribute in Light,” the nationwide blue light tribute is sure to be a sight to behold.

Join millions of Americans and light it blue for the September 11 memorial this year.