Lights illuminate New York City skyline on the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001


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