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COVID-19 fear forces NYC to cancel 9/11 Light tribute

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THE United States of America has said this year’s twin beams of light,  representing the World Trade Center towers won’t be projected into the sky during this year’s memorial of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City as concerns mount over coronavirus pandemic.

 Spokesman for National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Michael Frazier, disclosed this in a statement yesterday while expressing concerns about health risks it might constitute to workers who would set up the display.

“The world’s beloved twin beams of light regrettably will not shine over Lower Manhattan as part of this year’s tributes,” Frazier said.

According to him, the Memorial and Museum is planning an alternative display that will include spires and facades of buildings in Manhattan being illuminated in blue.

Report says the personal messages spoken by families of victims; one of the most poignant parts of previous memorials was cancelled by the organisers last month,  citing pandemic fears.

They said recorded name readings from the museum’s “In Memoriam” exhibition will be used instead of having relatives read the names in person.

It would be recalled that in September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed when terrorist-piloted planes hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

The incident led to manhunt of Osama Bin-Laden who was linked with the attack as revealed by US intelligence at the time.

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