In the moments, weeks, months, and years following the dastardly September 11th terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, our nation vowed, collectively, never to forget what had happened.
This was far and away the most devastating attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, and likely ever. The sheer horror of the event was enough to burn it into the minds of all of those who were alive to witness it, with Americans forever remembering when and where they were when it occurred – much like the decades-old trope surrounding the JFK assassination.
But now, in the midst of a global pandemic, NYC is now allowing 9/11 to take a backseat…and many Americans are simply furious.
Twin beams of light representing the World Trade Center towers won’t be beamed into the sky during this year’s memorial of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, organizers of the annual ceremony said Thursday.
Michael Frazier, a spokesman for National September 11 Memorial & Museum, said organizers were concerned about the health risks to workers who would set up the display.
“The world’s beloved twin beams of light regrettably will not shine over Lower Manhattan as part of this year’s tributes,” Frazier said in a statement.
Social media users were quick to point out a few peculiar notes about the decision.
So we can round up a hundred New Yorkers to paint a BLM mural on the streets but can't risk 30 workers to assemble the 9-11 tribute lights? pic.twitter.com/ZCsIxzU9SI
— Michael Gant (@Ibackblue) August 14, 2020
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio personally participated in the painting of the BLM mural as well.
And then, just below the surface, another narrative was beginning to creep into the public consciousness, that perhaps city officials were concerned about showing such reverence to first responders during a time in which the Democratic Party’s base was turning so fervently against law enforcement.
[Warning: Strong language ahead.]
So they’re cancelling the 9/11 tribute lights in NYC because "the health risks during the pandemic are far too great"
This is because they don’t want to paint the police officers & first responders who lost their lives saving others on 9/11 in a positive light.
— Ashley StClair ?? (@stclairashley) August 14, 2020
If you can paint BLM on 5th Ave, you can illuminate the NYC skies to honor the victims of 9/11. RT if you agree https://t.co/Qwf9uebdId
— Harrison Fields (@HWFields45) August 14, 2020
It seems as though the city responsible for telling us to never forget has forgotten why.
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