A lot of people are upset by the announcement last night that due to the global COVID-19 global pandemic, the annual September 11th Tribute in Lights display will not be happening at the site of the World Trade Center this year.

This decision is coming from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum stating:

Tribute in Light, the world’s beloved twin beams of light, will not shine over lower Manhattan as part of this year’s 9/11 commemoration. 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. We hope to resume this iconic tribute for the 20th anniversary. In a spirit of unity and remembrance, the city will come together for a “Tribute in Lights” initiative to inspire the world and honor the promise to never forget.

People took to social media to voice their disappointment and sometimes outrage over this decision.

However... Ed Mullins, President of The Sargeants Benevolent Association announced today that the SBA will host a Tribute in Light on the evening of September 11, 2020. This is in response to the city canceling the annual commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks because of COVID-19 concerns.

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