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New York's 'Tribute in Light' fading to black

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Officials have held out the prospect that the memorial could one day become permanent.  


NEW YORK (CNN) -- After a monthlong tribute, two pillars of light beamed skyward in memory of those killed in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center faded out as Saturday night yielded to Sunday morning.

The Tribute in Light began on March 11, six months after hijacked jetliners brought down the landmark twin towers and killed 2,827 people.

Located about a block from Ground Zero, the twin banks of 88 searchlights were meant to evoke the fallen towers and could be seen more than 20 miles away. The creation was such a success that there were calls to include it as part of a permanent memorial.

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CNN's Beth Nissen reports that viewers are emotionally moved by the columns of light that shine as a tribute to the Trade Center towers. They were to go dim on Saturday. (April 13)

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"It turned out to be a wonderful memorial for those that we lost," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Saturday, in the waning hours of the memorial. "We want to make sure that we do something that really will memorialize the 2,800 people that died in that site permanently. And it may very well be that this kind of thing will be part of it."

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation oversaw the tribute. Matt Higgins, a spokesman for the corporation, said the idea of turning the lights back on at a later time hasn't been ruled out.

"We'll come out the process on the permanent memorial in late spring [or] early summer," he said.

Higgins says although the idea of keeping the towers of light is popular, issues such as electricity use, funding and support among the community are major obstacles that need serious consideration. Private funding may be needed to support the tribute, he said.

Organizers estimate it cost $10,000 to keep the 616,000-watt tribute running for the past month.



 
 
 
 







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