As Crews Begin Installing 9/11 Tribute Lights, Future Of Display Remains In Doubt

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) –– Work has begun on one of the most powerful symbols that honors 9/11 victims. Electricians, lighting experts and stage hands gathered on a rooftop near the World Trade Center site Friday to install the “Tribute in Light” beams.

Organizers with the Municipal Art Society say they hope to make the tribute a permanent part of the Sept. 11 remembrance events, but funding is not guaranteed past this year.

Those willing to make a donation can call (212) 935-3960, text “TRIBUTE” to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10, or click here.

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Crews began Saturday setting up 88 search lights the size of refrigerators that will be turned on just before sunset on September 11. The memorial display creates two sky-piercing columns of light in roughly the spot where the Twin Towers once stood.

The lights shoot four miles up and can be seen from 60 miles away.

Organizers say the trickiest part is getting each of 88 beams to aim straight at the sky. Each light must be adjusted by hand. Spotters call in adjustments from Brooklyn, Staten Island and New Jersey.

Preparations for the tribute will go on for another week before the columns are switched on Sept. 11.

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  1. arnie says:

    Thought this 9/11 News & Information service would be of interest.

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  2. We do not need lights says:

    I think families of victims of 9/11 who got some settlements should chip in and pay for it.It is not important to all New yorkers to waste Tax payers money in this economy on lights.Vigi is one thing but Lights do not represent anything.We have soldiers dying everyday they are true heros.

    1. Ronald Monty Montemayor says:

      Geeeeez!!.. I dont know what will make you people happy… Regardless, you always complain about something. How about you run as a president so you can do whatever you want.

    2. Ronald Monty Montemayor says:

      Oh comon. I dont know what will make you people happy… Regardless, you always complain about something. How about you run as a president so you can do whatever you want.

  3. ezflyer13 says:

    The Facts – nice comment on your part..good to see that you are so worried about such a trivial cost when our government wastes millions. This tribute should be one that should not be questioned but one that should be honored for the lives lost and for the significance of what those lights represent. It is people like you that seems to have forgotten what happened ten years ago….we will never forget and we will not stay quiet. `

    1. Lighs out move on says:

      Even most people of New york think it is a waste of money.Not everyone has such a huge attachment to 9/1 like you.Some people moved on and put it behind us.

  4. FPPC says:

    …AND BLOOMBERG SAYS NO PRAYERS TO BE SAID AT THE CEROMONY. HMPH!!

  5. Pole sitter says:

    The light should be red,to honor the true heroes of 9/11 the Fdny. We are out there every day saving you people of yourselves!

    1. ENOUGH ALREADY says:

      OMG ENOUGH WITH THE TRUE HERO STUFF YOU WERE DOING A JOB YOU GET PAID FOR.THE REAL HEROS ARE SOLDIERS WHO JOIN THE SERVICE AT TIME OF WAR THEY ARE TRUE HEROS.

      1. Jess says:

        Ignorance! Do you run into burning buildings?

  6. The Facts says:

    Who has the privlege of paying for this? Hope not the taxpayers.

  7. Petergc5 says:

    We can spend billions on stupid ideas, yet the only thing that keeps this wonderful tribute from being permanent is money

  8. Steve says:

    Always felt the Tribute in Light should be a permanent monument. So simple, and yet, so powetful.

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