Manhattan Salutes The Thousands Of People Lost In 9/11 With “Tribute Of Light”


September 12, 2018 15:57 By Fabiosa

This week, the city of Manhattan joined Americans around the world in paying tribute to the thousands of people who lost their lives during the deadly terror attacks of September 11, 2001. 88 floodlights with very high beams were installed in lower Manhattan and turned on as sunset fell.


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This art installation called “Tribute of Light” is situated near the site of the former World Trade Center towers. The memorial is an annual event that started in March 2002 and it has become a regular feature in the city's calendar. 

On September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists identified as members of Al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks in the United States. Hijackers flew two planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, one plane crashed into the Pentagon and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

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2,977 people lost their lives because of the incident and then-President George W. Bush stepped up efforts to combat terrorism both locally and internationally. Osama bin Laden took credit for the terror attacks. The United States forces eventually found and killed bin Laden during a raid ordered by President Barack Obama.

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Americans do not forget

The terror attack was a devastating blow for Americans and is still the most tragic attack on U.S. soil until date. It was an even bigger blow for the international community as there citizens of other countries involved in the twin tower collapse.

Many people expected the U.S. government to rebuild the twin towers. However, the site has been repurposed and also features a memorial.

September 11 will always have a sour taste in the mouths of Americans. Nevertheless, it brings them together every year as they pay their respects to the innocent men, women, and children who are no more.

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