Brooklyn Heights

September 11 Tribute in Light shines bright from Brooklyn Heights Promenade

September 12, 2016 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Eagle photos by Lore Croghan

We will always remember you.

Twin beams rose to the heavens on Sunday night, Sept. 11, 2016, in memory of the lives lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Tribute in Light, as the annual art installation is called, is evocative of the Twin Towers of the original World Trade Center. But the glowing dual columns are meant as a symbol of the people who died on 9/11 rather than the buildings that were destroyed, the lights’ creators say.

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The Tribute in Light was visible from all over the metro area — with especially good views from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and East River-facing buildings in the neighborhood.


At the Brooklyn Eagle, we’re gratified when the Tribute in Light makes its annual return.

Back in October 2001, the Eagle was the first to suggest that massive twin columns of lights be used to commemorate the victims of 9/11 until a memorial could be constructed.

A photo illustration in the paper showed gigantic white columns glowing on Lower Manhattan’s skyline behind the Brooklyn Bridge, as a suggestion of how this might look in future memorial tributes. 


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