10. Tribute in Light
An important part of the 9/11 memorial ceremonies is the Tribute in Light. On the night of September 11th every year (so far), an art installation of 88 searchlights is set up in Ground Zero and flashed toward the sky as a tribute of the towers that once stood. This year’s lights will turn on at sunset on 9/11, ending sunrise the next day. These lights can be seen from as far as 60 miles away on a clear night, a beacon to all those who were affected by the attacks. The tribute has seen a lot of controversy, including several termination dates, but ultimately the installation remains a major spectacle of New York City’s ceremonies on this date. We previously went behind-the-scenes into the installation of the famous lights, with photos here.