9/11 lights shone out across America despite coronavirus restrictions

Light tributes to September 11 victims shone across America as commemorations begin on the 19th anniversary of the terror attacks.

Tributes paid to those who lost their lives have been altered this year, with restrictions in place due to Covid-19. 

In New York, the annual 'Tribute in Light' was almost cancelled after the 9/11 Memorial and Museum said there was a virus risk to the installation crew.  

In Washington, a tower of blue light shone over the Pentagon one of many changes to the annual remembrance, which has been scaled back this year. 

In New York, the annual 'Tribute in Light' was almost cancelled after the 9/11 Memorial and Museum said there was a virus risk to the installation crew

In New York, the annual 'Tribute in Light' was almost cancelled after the 9/11 Memorial and Museum said there was a virus risk to the installation crew

In Washington, a tower of blue light shone over the Pentagon one of many changes to the annual remembrance

In Washington, a tower of blue light shone over the Pentagon one of many changes to the annual remembrance 

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation illuminated its 'Towers of Light' tribute next to the Pentagon on Wednesday, and it will remain lit until the early hours of Saturday 12.  

This is to honor the lives lost in Flight 77, which struck the Pentagon after being hijacked, killing all 64 passengers and 6 crew on board, and 125 people in the building.  

Military leaders will conduct the Pentagon's ceremony without victims' families in attendance, and their loved ones' names will be recited by a recording.

Although they won't be read on-site, victims' relatives can visit the Pentagon's memorial in small groups later Friday. 

Light tributes to September 11 victims shone across Washington as America begins commemorating the 19th anniversary of the terror attacks

Light tributes to September 11 victims shone across Washington as America begins commemorating the 19th anniversary of the terror attacks

Tributes paid to those who lost their lives have been altered this year, with restrictions in place due to Covid-19

Tributes paid to those who lost their lives have been altered this year, with restrictions in place due to Covid-19

President Donald and Democratic challenger Joe Biden both plan to visit the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania on Friday, though not at the same time. 

is speaking at a morning ceremony, with Biden paying respects in the afternoon. 

It will also be the first time since taking office that neither President Donald nor Vice President Mike Pence will be at the Pentagon ceremony.  

Pence plans to participate in remembrance ceremonies in New York City, first visiting Ground Zero before attending the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation event.

Biden will also attend the main New York memorial

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