The Latest: Tribute in Light rises from twin towers site

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Tribute in Light, two vertical columns of light representing the fallen towers of the World Trade Center shine against the lower Manhattan skyline on the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)

NEW YORK – The Latest on the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

NEW YORK — The skies where the twin towers of the World Trade Center formerly stood are once again being lit up with the Tribute in Light.

The annual display sends up two powerful beams that can be seen from miles around from dusk to dawn, in memory of those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks 19 years ago.

The tribute had almost been put aside this year, as its display was initially canceled by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum over concerns for the safety of the installation crew from the coronavirus.

That caused an outcry, and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation pledged to put the lights up nearby, until the memorial got support from its chair, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to have the lights shine.

Tunnel to Towers also arranged to display single beams for the first time at the Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania and the Pentagon.