New York Cancels 9/11 Tribute

New York City set with debris and rubble after the attacks. Photo from

Katie Roberts , Head of Photography

Nineteen years ago there was a great loss that our country suffered. Most of us know this day in history as 9/11/2001. The events that happened on 9/11 were ones that changed everything.


9/11/2001 was the day that 19 hijackers presumably associated with al Qaeda took control of four planes. Two of these planes hit the Twin Towers in New York City, one hit the pentagon located right outside of Washington D.C., and the final plane crash-landed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 


Every year we remember the terrible events and all of the people who lost their lives on 9/11. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives in this attack. Every year New York has a day where they remember what happened to their city and to remember the loss. This year it will be different. The Mayor has decided that this year all events in place for 9/11 will be canceled. 

Every year since 9/11 there have been two beams of light shining straight up into the sky to commemorate where the Twin Towers stood. The event was canceled due to the risk of COVID-19. There was fear of exposing around 40 electrical workers to the virus. Many electricians who helped with the lights in previous years had volunteered to help and the Stiller Foundation was going to hire electrical workers who had lost their jobs due to COVID. Since the cancellation of the event, many people are disappointed and upset. Even after the cancellation of the event, other cities have decided to not back down. New Jersey has decided to hold an event in remembrance of the lives lost, President Trump and Biden are taking a trip to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and countless other people are still going to remember the lives lost on that tragic day. 

In past years, names of those who lost their lives on this tragic day have been read aloud at the site, this year the names will be read by family and recorded and then played. 

Take a moment today and honor and remember those who lost their lives 19 years ago today.