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The #September11 #TributeInLight should never stop. It's the most powerful tribute we can do for the victims. #NYC #WTC
this is chess it ain't checkers! No filter that
Time lapse of yesterday's tribute #TributeInLight #FreedomTower #NeverForget #Sunset #NYC #Timelapse
One more from last night! #TributeinLight #neverforget911 #911 #NYC #NewYork #NewYorkCity #Manhattan #FinancialDistrict #FiDi #911memorial #BrooklynBridge #Bridge #September11th #USA #America
The Tribute in Light illuminates the sky behind the 9/11 Memorial waterfalls and reflecting pool in New York on September 10, 2014 on the night before the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The tribute, an art installation of the Municipal Art Society, consists of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center creating two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the 2001 attacks. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 10: The World Trade Center Tribute in Lights and the Statue of Liberty are seen from Liberty State Park on September 10, 2014 in Jersey City New Jersey. Tomorrow marks the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of 2,996 people in New York City, Washington, DC and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
The Tribute in Light illuminates the sky down in the Wall Street area of lower Manhattan in New York on September 10, 2014 on the night before the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The tribute, an art installation of the Municipal Art Society, consists of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center creating two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the 2001 attacks. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Tribute in Light illuminates the sky down in the Wall Street area of lower Manhattan in New York on September 10, 2014 on the night before the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The tribute, an art installation of the Municipal Art Society, consists of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center creating two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the 2001 attacks. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Nothing was the same 🌃 #911 #mayyouallrestinpeace #newyork #godblessamerica
9/11/14, 9:52 PM #911 #WorldTradeCenter #Remember #WTC #Heaven #TributeInLight #photooftheday #pod #photographer
Tribute lights from my favorite spot. Same place, slightly different look.
#TributeinLight #NYC #911 #Freedomtower 🙌 👼
Twin Tributes.
(09/11/2014) - Between The Beams. Looking straight up while being between the two light columns. #TheWorldHowEyeSeeIt #NBC4NY @NBC4NY #ThroughMyLens #HDR #HDRSOFT #PHOTOMATIX #PHOTOMATIXSOFTWARE #BHPHOTO #Summer2014 #September112014 #PAPD #NYPD #FDNY #Gitzo #Gitzotripods #Nikon #NikonD800E #D800E #Nikkor #NikonTop @NikonTop #ReallyRightStuff #NikonUSA #StatenIsland #StatenIslandUSA #NYC #Brooklyn #BrooklynNY #tributelights #tributeinlight
Tribute in Light from last night #nyc #worldtradecenter #tributeinlight @m_shoe10
Brought my good camera this time #NeverForget #TributeInLight #WTC
Tribute In Lights. #911 #TributeInLights #NeverForget #America #OneNation
Last night's Tribute in Light on the 13th anniversary of the terror attacks. The new One World Trade Center, now the tallest building in New York, stands off to the right. #tributeinlight #worldtradecenter #911 #nyc #thiscaptionlooksalotlikeaNatGeopost
#911 #davø_graphy
This is pretty damn awesome.
In this Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 photo, the Tribute in Light rises behind buildings adjacent to the World Trade Center in New York. The art installation consists of 88 searchlights aiming skyward in two columns, in memory of the former twin towers. Four World Trade Center is at left. Thirteen years after 9/11 forever changed the New York skyline, officials say developments at the World Trade Center are on track and on budget. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: The 'Tribute in Light' is reflected on the 9/11 Memorial on September 11, 2014 in New York City. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and on Flight 93. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: The 'Tribute in Light' is reflected in one of the two pools at the 9/11 Memorial September 11, 2014 in New York. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and on Flight 93. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: The 'Tribute in Light' is seen over the 9/11 Memorial September 11, 2014 in New York. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and on Flight 93. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
While out taking photos, I constantly saw people stopping and just staring at these beams of light. Some stood in silence, some told me about the day first hand. I had to remind myself that a lot of people were here to witness this tragedy first hand.
View from my window #nyc
Twin Tower tribute lights up close on a parking garage right near Battery Park. 44 lights for each tower. http://t.co/qlPhNdGedf
Twin tower lights hug the moon over New York City tonight. Positively beautiful. http://t.co/vM0VsBO1DF
The twin tower lights from my apt #9/11 #NeverForget http://t.co/XYNiK2rO4f
Seeing the Twin Tower lights on the way home from our soccer game. #Reallife #TwinTowers #NineEleven http://t.co/2LHCqdn8QH
Saddest thing ever. Twin tower lights😖 http://t.co/iERBraUsY4
Always amazes me how bright the twin tower lights are #neverforgotten 🗽🌃🌉 http://t.co/Gx4x17ttMW
NEVER FORGET 9/11. The lights tribute to the WTC Attacks. http://t.co/p2lxN945vD
9/11 lights. Never forget. @BellaNYCMag Sept/Oct issue party #NYHarbor http://t.co/z2zYFMqS5N
Never forget. The 9/11 memorial tonight. 🙏 http://t.co/l6xKfLHBmS
Beautiful lights from NYC 9/11 memorial. Taken from my flight home http://t.co/m6vyvin69i
For first time, memorial will be open on night of 9/11: http://t.co/Qourr5J8hd http://t.co/YkKHYNYDLc
NYC at night, from the roof of apartment where we're staying. Lights on the left are thought to be from 9/11 memorial http://t.co/Jb0nYL5pks
9/11 memorial lights from the jasper roof http://t.co/2mzayikiEg
in memory of 9/11 today, they put two shining lights up in remembrance of the two buildings & all the people who died http://t.co/CH2L0zQbAm
9/11 Memorial Lights hitting the clouds http://t.co/TQfsbSnkAF
In Memory - @Sept11Memorial & Tribute in Lights @ National September 11 Memorial & Museum http://t.co/Wt8VyPwT8l
Incredibly surreal: Clouds pass through lights. May those who lost find comfort and may we #NeverForget #September11 http://t.co/GQcR0TwCwF
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By ERIC LYONS

As the sun set on Thursday, Sept. 11th, 2014, the New York City skyline was set ablaze with two towering beams of light.

Nj.com reported people as far as 6 miles away could marvel at the reminder of the tragic events that occurred on the same spot 13 years before.

The Municipal Art Society of New York originally put up the two towers made out of lights, now called the 9/11 Tribute in Light, as a temporary memorial six months after the attacks. According to the Blaze, the 100 7,000-watt xenon bulbs have returned the past 13 years, brightening the night sky and serving as a monument for the hundreds who perished on that horrifying day.

Thousands in the New York area lifted their chins up at the beams to remember one of the darkest moments in American history, and millions around the world took to social media to express their memories. On Twitter and Instagram, users tweeted about lost loved one or shared where they were at the time the towers went down. The hashtags #NeverForget, #remember911 and #TributeInLight topped trending lists all day long.

Although the lights dimmed at dawn the next morning, the social media frenzy ended and the anniversary passed, the memories will last forever.

New York Daily News Social Media Editor Brad Gerick shot an amazing video from inside the light:



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