Let there be light. The city’s first responders are teaming up with a non-profit foundation to rescue New York’s annual 9/11 Tribute in Light, which is facing down a coronavirus cancellation. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is planning this year’s event, in which twin beams of light shine into the nighttime sky in memory of more than 2,600 people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York.
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“Because Tunnel to Towers is fully committed to the idea that we must never forget, the Foundation is doing everything in its power to make sure that the Towers of Light will once again be illuminated,” the Foundation said in a statement.
“We have already secured the lights, and by Monday or Tuesday we will have finished securing the location, which is right down by Ground Zero,” Frank Siller, the president of the Tunnel to Towers foundation, explained in an interview on WCBS/880 radio.
Final Update: Problem solved. We should all pay a debt of gratitude to the Tunnel to Tower foundation. They are getting the job done. The Tribute in Lights will happen! pic.twitter.com/mqpCrp5YMd— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) August 14, 2020
After over 19,000 people signed a Change.org petition calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to allow the annual tribute to continue next month, Frank Siller announced the Tunnel to Tower foundation would set up its own light memorial near the World Trade Center Location.
“We're going to make sure that those beautiful lights that represent the loss of life of 2,977 brave souls 19 years ago, they will be illuminating the skies on Sept. 11 this year to make sure that we pay tribute to all those who perished that fateful day,” Siller said. “It's going to be on Sept. 11, we're going to have almost an identical location of where they are every single year. It will look almost identical of what you've seen every single year. It's going to be a magnificent tribute to those who died.”
As De Blasio’s NYC Dumps 9/11 Towers of Light Memorial, Giuliani-Linked Charity Steps In https://t.co/Hoicl5Elm0— The National Pulse 🚨 (@TheNatPulse) August 14, 2020
After being canceled earlier this week, the longstanding 'Tribute in Light' tradition to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is back on with a new partner. https://t.co/PgYeLz4FPr— WTKR News 3 (@WTKR3) August 15, 2020
Leaders of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation decided to hold an alternative ceremony after the National September 11 Memorial & Museum announced that family members won’t read the names of the nearly 3,000 victims this year due to the coronavirus pandemichttps://t.co/ZlcWRnkP6Q— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) August 8, 2020
Priorities. https://t.co/THGfjkNhYA— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 15, 2020