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Tribute in Light

Gordon Donovan
Yahoo News Photo Staff

Tribute in Light is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of September 11. It has become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York. (Yahoo News)

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The Tribute in Light rises above the New York skyline from the Brooklyn side of the East River on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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The Tribute in Light rises above the New York skyline from West Street on Sept. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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The Tribute in Light rises above the New York City skyline on Sept. 11, 2018, the 17th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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The Tribute in Light rises above the New York City skyline from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on Sept. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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The Tribute in Light rises above the New York skyline from the Brooklyn side of the East River on Sept. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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The Tribute in Light rises above the New York City skyline from the entrance of the Battery Tunnel, Sept. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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People stand and inside the art installation of The Tribute in Light on Sept. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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The Tribute in Light rises above the New York City skyline from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on Sept. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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A visitor takes a photo of the Tribute in Light on Sept. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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The Tribute in Light rises above the New York City skyline from the entrance of the Battery Tunnel, Sept. 11, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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The Tribute in Light rises above the New York City skyline on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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Visitors stand inside the square comprising 44 lights that make up one tower of the Tribute in Light on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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A woman takes a photo of the Tribute in Light with her mobile device from a rooftop on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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Some of the 887,000-watt xenon light bulbs positioned into two 48-foot squares — echoing the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers — on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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Lights installed on the roof of the Battery Parking Garage, south of the 9/11 Memorial, send twin beams up to four miles into the sky on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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The Tribute in Light rises above the New York City skyline from a rooftop on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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Visitors lie on the ground to view the Tribute in Light on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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Slowly, one by one, each light is turned on for testing to create the Tribute in Light on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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Visitors watch as workers turn on the Tribute in Light — which rises above the New York City skyline from the rooftop where the memorial was installed — on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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A member of media takes a photo while attending a special viewing of the Tribute in Light on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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Assembled on the roof of the Battery Parking Garage south of the 9/11 Memorial, the twin beams reach up to four miles into the sky. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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The Tribute in Light is seen near the Battery Tunnel, Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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Volunteers watch the beam of light from the Tribute in Light rise above the New York City skyline on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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The Tribute in Light beams up into the New York City skyline from the rooftop of a garage in lower Manhattan on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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A volunteer takes a photo of the Tribute in Light with his mobile device from the rooftop from which the beams of lights are projected on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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Tribute in Light is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of Sept. 11. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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The Tribute in Light rises above the New York skyline over Trinity Church in New York City on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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