This Friday marks the 14th anniversary since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001; a day that changed our nation forever. Every year, the day is marked with tributes and memorials, one of which is the Tribute In Light produced by the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS).
Last Wednesday, September 2, the city tested their annual Tribute of Light. Two tall beams of light projected skyward over the New York skyline in preparation for the 14th anniversary, reports Gothamist.
One native from Brooklyn tweeted about the light test, saying he wishes “it was permanently built into the memorial.”
In previous years, tributes to September 11 have also been made online through users of social media, posting comments about the tragedy along with hashtags such as #neverforget and #remember911.
The tribute is comprised of 88 searchlights, and in previous years MAS has struggled to raise the funds for the light show. The cluster of 8,000-watt lights are shot into the sky from the roof of the Battery Parking Garage on Morris Street, and can be seen for more than 60 miles on a clear night.
On Friday, beginning at 3 p.m., there will be a special viewing of the Tribute of Light when the 9/11 Memorial opens to the public, reports 9/11 Memorial.org. The Memorial provides a fantastic vantage point of the tribute, and will remain open until midnight.
An anniversary ceremony will be held at the Memorial Plaza at the World Trade Center at 8:39 a.m. There will be six moments of silence to honor when the World Trade Center towers fell, when the Pentagon was attacked, and when Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania on that fateful day fourteen years ago.
Silive.com reports the memorial will include a reading of the victims’ names of both the 1993 and 2001 attacks. Churches and other houses of worship around New York City have been invited to toll their bells as part of the ceremony. An honor guard – made up of members of the Port Authority Police, NYPD, and FDNY – will also take part.
For the family members of the victims, a private tour of the National September 11 Memorial Museum will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Other events in NYC to mark the anniversary include a ringing of the Bell of Hope by The Parish of Trinity Wall Street, a 10 a.m. Mass for Peace at St. Paul’s Chapel, and a special performance of Reconciliation – a dance piece commemorating the heroism and loss of 9/11 — by the Trinity Movement of Choir on Saturday September 12.
Additionally, there will be several events on Staten Island including the annual memorial ceremony paying tribute to loved ones lost in the attack, a candlelight vigil at the Alice Austen House, and a ceremony of poetry, music, and reflection.
On September 25, Pope Francis will lead a multi-religious service at the 9/11 Museum.
Last year, President Obama addressed the nation a day before the anniversary concerning his strategy to eradicate the threat of the Islamic State.