'Tribute in Light' Organizer Calls to Make 9/11 Memorial Permanent

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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York attorney Philip K. Howard, who helped organize and chaired the committee that created the “Tribute in Light” memorial for the victims of 9/11, is calling to make it permanent after it was almost canceled amid COVID-19 fears.

"It shouldn't be up to the whim of whoever's in power at any given year," Howard tells 1010 WINS.

Currently, the lights sit on the top of a parking lot owned by the MTA, and after being canceled this year, then later reversed, it underscored "the need to make the 'Tribute in Light' permanent.

9/11 Tribute
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Howard suggests the lights be placed underground "where it would be invisible through most of the year," and used only when needed. Something he said there is already a design for.

"When it shines, the doors can open up and the lights can come up and memorialize this important time in our lives," he adds. 

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