NEW YORK, NY: The rubble is cleared, some of the wounds have healed and New York City functions normally. But no one has forgotten what happened nine years ago. We all remember where we were when the news broke on that fateful day when two planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. It is hard to believe nine years have already passed.
This year’s anniversary of the attacks fell on Saturday. In honor of 9/11 and all those who lost their lives, New York City’s “Tribute in Light” lit up the sky in Lower Manhattan. Originally installed temporarily from March 11 to April 14, 2002, the blue vertical lights have become a yearly tradition and a symbol of remembrance each September 11th.
Along with many New Yorkers and Americans in general, sponsors at the Municipal Art Society say they wouldn’t mind if the lights became a permanent installation. President Vin Cipolla tells the New York Times, “That would require either a piece of ground or a long-term commitment to a rooftop.” Co-creator Gustavo Bonevardi went on to say he’d be happy wherever the installation goes and explained, “Because Tribute in Light is visible from so many places it belongs to the city as a whole and not to this one sacred spot.”
While the lights have never been directly on Ground Zero, they clearly affect the city and have helped to heal many. Should the lights be turned on year-round?