911 Victims Remembered in Restrained 2020 Patriot Day Observances


Patriot Day, the annual observance of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, will take place in 2020, but with differences as Americans fight a new threat, the coronavirus. In New York City, it was feared the virus compelled cancellation of the annual Tribute in Light, because social distancing would be impossible for workers creating the tribute, and because crowds would continue to spread the pandemic. However, community support for the tribute, which has become a beloved tradition, made it possible to continue, and Tribute in Light was rescheduled at the last minute to go on in 2020. Meanwhile, scaled down, socially distanced observances of the somber occasion will continue around the United States.

New York asks that buildings light up, with spires in blue, to honor the nearly 3,000 victims of the 911 attacks. Live reading of victims’ names by family members will not take place in 2020 as it has in the past. A recording will be played instead. That memorial service has traditionally taken place at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan, which will allow family members to visit as usual, but with stringent social distancing measures in place. The memorial is closed to the public for the present. Cities and towns around the country are asked to observe the day in traditional ways that don’t need social distancing measures or special adaptations for the pandemic.

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