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Empire State Building:9/11 Tribute Light Tonight

Sept 11 Before and After Combo
This combo image shows two documentations before and after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack in New York City. (Top) New York’s Empire State Building is illuminated at sunset in the colors of the British flag in honor of Princess Diana Thursday, Sept. 4, 1997. (Below) Smoke from the burning towers of the World Trade Center is blown east behind the Empire State Building on Sept. 11, 2001, following the terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Michael Schmelling (Top), Marty Lederhandler (Bottom))
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This combo image shows two documentations before and after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack in New York City. (Top) New York's Empire State Building is illuminated at sunset in the colors of the British flag in honor of Princess Diana Thursday, Sept. 4, 1997. (Below) Smoke from the burning towers of the World Trade Center is blown east behind the Empire State Building on Sept. 11, 2001, following the terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Michael Schmelling (Top), Marty Lederhandler (Bottom))

The iconic New York building lights up for many events. Today, the Empire State Building lights up for the tenth anniversary of September 11.

Today, the Empire State Building will light up red, white and blue in honor of those who died in the 9/11 attacks—The series of four coordinated suicide attacks took place in New York City, Washington, D.C. (and a hijacked plane that went down in Pennsylvania with a probable target of Washington, D.C.) that caused the deaths of 2,753 people.

Events taking place to honor 9/11 victims

According to esbnyc.com, the Empire State Building’s tower lights have long recognized key milestones, events, charitable organizations, countries and holidays throughout the world, not political or religion related events. In the past the building lights honored royal deaths like Princess Diana’s, New York sport teams like the New York Jets and recently, New York City Pride Week, where the building lit up in beautiful colors of the rainbow.

The last time the Empire State Building showed today’s red, white and blue colors was this past Labor Day.

Yesterday, September 10, the Empire State Building was lit up yellow. Many thought it may caution the city of a possible terror threat but in fact, it was lit up bright yellow honor of the US Open Tennis Finals, being held in Queens, NY.

 

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