September 11, 2020.
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September 11, 2021 is the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center.
The destruction of the Twin Towers left a glaring hole in the New York City skyline.
An annual Tribute in Light lights up Lower Manhattan in memory of the nearly 3,000 lives lost.
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The 9/11 terrorist attacks transformed New York City and its skyline.
The Twin Towers before 9/11.
At around 1,360 feet each, the Twin Towers were a prodigious feature of the Manhattan skyline.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, smoke filled the air, casting a grey film over the city’s Financial District.
Smoke billows from the Twin Towers after they were struck by two hijacked planes.
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As the smog began to lift, New Yorkers were confronted with the glaring disappearance of the Twin Towers, a structural duo that had become synonymous with the city itself.
By September 11, 2002, construction began on 7 World Trade Center, one of seven new buildings at the original World Trade Center site.
September 11, 2002.
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Mourners gathered at Ground Zero for a memorial service on the first anniversary of the attacks. For two and a half hours, officials recited the names of the victims against a backdrop of orchestra music.
On September 11, 2003, the Tribute in Light glowed behind the Statue of Liberty.
September 11, 2003.
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New York City commemorates the attacks each year by casting 88 searchlights into the sky, creating two columns of light to represent the Twin Towers. The installation, known as Tribute in Light, started on the first anniversary of 9/11 and has since become an annual memorial.
The 2004 light tribute peered through the hazy New York skyline.
September 11, 2004.
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