For a decade the Tribute in Light has served as an annual memorial for the fallen Twin Towers of New York City's World Trade Center. One day a year, on September 11, two enormous beacons of light restore the towers to their rightful place in the Lower Manhattan skyline.
Now, as the city commemorates the somber tenth anniversary of the worst terror attacks in American histroy, the tribute's future is in doubt. Funding for the Tribute in Light is set to expire this year and it remains unclear whether more funds will become available. One major concern is cost. An estimated $500,000 is needed to fund the memorial each year.
The lights were initially switched on on the six-month anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. They have been lit every September 11 since.
Whether or not more funding is made available, it is undeniable that the Tribute in Light will forever be remembered as one of the most beautfiul and touching acts of memorial ever established.