Last week, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum announced it was canceling the customary blue light tribute to mark the 19th anniversary of the terror attack because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“The world’s beloved twin beams of light regrettably will not shine over Lower Manhattan as part of this year’s tributes,” Michael Frazier, a memorial and museum spokesman, said in a statement. “This incredibly difficult decision was reached in consultation with our partners after concluding the health risks during the pandemic was far too great for the large crew required to produce the annual Tribute in Light.”

The large crew equals 40 stagehands and electricians.

Outrage and criticism erupted almost immediately, particularly from police and firefighter unions.

Two days later, the Memorial and Museum reversed course and said the display would go on after all.

In a letter sent to its board members, the head of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum said the organization was wrong to cancel the annual Tribute in Light.

“We could have, and should have, approached this issue differently,” 9/11 Memorial president and CEO Alice Greenwald wrote.

Gosh, ya think??

The governor’s office along with Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide money to help cover the projected cost of about a half-million dollars.

According to NY1, the tribute is staged with equipment and technicians from a company based in Italy. The company is working with the State Department to bring in the Italians in time to quarantine for 14 days before assembling the display.

The Governor’s office will supply healthcare workers to assist in the health and safety plan for the workers at the site.

Well, here at Nine Line we are once again planning our own 9-11 tribute which does not depend on government intervention or technicians from overseas.

It does, however, depend on you.

Every year, we create a special September 11th where 100 percent of the money raised goes directly to the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation, the NYC Police Benevolent Association’s Widows and Children’s Fund, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Last year we raised $80,000 to help those directly affected by the attacks or their families.

This year we’re aiming to beat that.

It bears noting that there’s an entire generation growing up whose only knowledge of the attack has come from textbooks and videos. But those of us who were alive, remember EXACTLY where we were on that day…

None of us will ever forget this day. Yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.

We will never forget the victims, the police officers, the port authority officers, or the firefighters, who lost their lives that fateful day. We will continue to do everything we can for the memories of those we lost, their families, and the survivors.

Please help us if you can.

11 Responses

  1. andrew k

    It is disgraceful that there is not an American company to do this tribute. NYC needs to change that plan moving forward. THANK YOU ALL who were there for your continued sacrifice. Good bless those who were lost.

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  2. Norman M. Dion

    I was a responder at the WTC. I was assigned to a small law enforcement agency known at that time as the Organized Crime Control Commission (now known as the Business Integrity Commission). My tour began at 1004 hrs. 11 Sept. 01 and ended 1730 hrs. 3 May 02.
    I have lost track of the numbers of friends, colleagues, members of my command, who have gone down in the line of duty, that day, as well as in the years that have followed as a consequence of the injuries they sustained or the response-related diseases they developed.
    We responded to save the lives that day that were being senselessly taken. We wanted to leave no one behind. The last thing any one of us would want is to have another person put needlessly in harm’s way. That’s just not what we were or are about. Frankly, if anyone is put at risk to install a light display, I don’t want it. That act dishonors us and what we were trying to accomplish that day. Many of us feel that way.
    Under present circumstances, other things can be done to mark the day—fly a flag out of your window. Shine a blue light in a window of your home. Do something selfless for a stranger. Remember us. Keep us in your hearts.

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  3. Adam J Constantino

    Thank you for never forgetting. I have lost too many friends and co-workers. That day and since. America needs to be reminded that we are ALL AMERICANS FIRST! God Bless America

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  4. Dale Huey

    I applaud your efforts to insure this memorial continues unbroken.
    I am also appalled and in agreement with James Cygnus that there is no company in US able to handle the lighting, and we are outsourcing to Italy for an American Memorial.

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  5. Lance Diefenderfer

    God bless this nation and God bless all those who lost her life on 9/11/2001 The day which should never be forgotten and will never be forgotten! Please always remember to thank our brave military and first responders!

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  6. James Cygnus

    No offense but importing Italians to perform the work? Telling me there’s no company in the entire United States able and willing to do this? Or would that require NYC to hire a firm from an evil Republican/southern state?

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  7. Daniel Morgan

    Thank God, as I watched on September 11, as a working Firefighter, when that tower fell, it was like a great disturbance in the Force, I fell to my knees ,because I knew 200 guys just died.

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  8. Bob Campanelli

    I was there with hundreds of dump truck drivers moving the rubble of this horrible disaster. Sadly our own citizens are ruining our states by rioting instead of peacefully prostesting for what they stand for.

    OUR OWN PEOPLE!

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