By James Gordon For Dailymail.com
Published: 02:19 BST, 12 September 2020 | Updated: 02:51 BST, 12 September 2020
Two powerful columns of light are beaming into the sky from Lower Manhattan this evening to represent the fallen twin towers of the World Trade Center that was attacked by terrorists on September 11th, 2001.
The coronavirus pandemic meant there were alterations to usual ceremonies that are traditionally held on the tragic date.
In New York, the annual tribute was almost cancelled after the 9/11 Memorial and Museum said there was a virus risk to the installation crew until the uproar restored the tribute.
The Tribute in Light shines into the sky over Manhattan in New York to mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
The beams of light shine high into the night sky above one of the massive pools that sit in the 'footprints' of the original towers
The Statue of Liberty is seen as the Tribute in Light shines in downtown Manhattan to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum
The Tribute in Light as seen from Brooklyn with the Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground and the reflections of the East River
The cancellation outraged some victims' relatives, police and fire unions and politicians, who noted that construction sites around the city were deemed safe to reopen months ago.
The Fire Department cited the virus in urging