Due to Coronavirus Concerns, 9/11 “Tribute in Light” Ceremony Has Been Canceled
On Thursday, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum announced that the annual “Tribute in Light” commemorating victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will not shine over Manhattan this year, due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Officials wrote on the museum’s website that “[T]his 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.”
According to ABC7 News, coronavirus concerns caused the museum to cancel its annual ceremony on the memorial plaza at the World Trade Center site, where family members gather to read the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the terror attacks.
The museum hopes to resume its annual practice next year, which will be the 20th anniversary of the attack.
This year though, the leaders of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation will be holding an alternative ceremony, ABC7 noted.
This decision by the museum to not allow mass gathering is understandable, but amidst greenlit rioting and mass protests by the city government over the last two months, it seems that New York’s priorities are also entirely backwards.
And that’s a real shame and a slap in the face to the victims of 9/11.