A beam of light shone in the Washington D.C. skyline. The tribute remembers the lives lost at the Pentagon on 9/11.
This year marks the 19th anniversary of that fateful day. On September 11, 2001, the terrorist organization Al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes after take off. Flights AA 11 and UA 175 crashed into the World Trade Center, killing 2,753 people. A third plane, Flight AA 77, crashed into the Pentagon and killed 184 people. The terrorists planned a fourth attack on the U.S. Capitol, but the passengers of Flight UA 93 fought back against their capturers. The plane crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. All 44 people aboard the plane died.
The Tunnels to Towers Foundation illuminated the 9/11 tribute on Sept. 10.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation held a ceremony at the Pentagon on the evening of Sept. 10. The ceremony was closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic. During the ceremony, the organization illuminated its “Towers of Light” memorial for D.C. residents and the world to see.
“It is in that spirit of remembrance and hope for the future that I am honored to join you,” Lisa Hershman said. Hershman is the chief management officer at the Department of Defense. “In these twin beams of light soaring to the heaven, we solemnly recall a great challenge to our nation. We honor the memories of the fallen. And we pledge our unwavering commitment to defend the values of freedom and liberty that serve as guideposts for our democracy.”
The organization will keep the beams lit until Sept. 12.
In New York City, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum is holding a similar tribute for the World Trade Center. Twin beams of light illuminate near the spots where the Twin Towers once stood. Initially, the organization cancelled the event due to the coronavirus pandemic but had a change of heart.