As we looked back on 9/11 our thoughts go to those we lost, the fireman who fought so bravely, the volunteers who gave so generously and all those affected by that horrible day.
Thousands of 9/11 victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers and politicians will gather at the memorial plaza where the World Trade Center’s twin towers once stood. 2,996 people died on 9/11. We especially remember the firemen at (FDNY) Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9 and the 15 men — everyone working that shift, who raced to the World Trade Center, never returned.
Only two days ago, before the 17th anniversary of the attacks the Cortlandt Street subway station, which was located directly below the World Trade Center, was re-opened for the first time.
The Tribute in Light is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of September 11. It has become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York. Assembled on the roof of the Battery Parking Garage south of the 9/11 Memorial, the twin beams reach up to four miles into the sky and are comprised of 88 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs positioned into two 48-foot squares, echoing the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers.
On the anniversary of 9/11, the Memorial Plaza is open to the public from 3 p.m. to midnight for the viewing of Tribute in Light. The installation can also be viewed from a 60-mile radius around lower Manhattan.