NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will not be read by family members at September's ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum "out of an abundance of caution" in light of the pandemic, according to organizers.
Instead, there will be a recording of a reading of the victims' names from the museum’s In Memoriam exhibition.
Invites sent to victims' next-of-kin, obtained by the New York Post, included a message from museum president and CEO Alice M. Greenwald, informing them of this year's changes.
"As we continue to develop plans for this year’s 9/11 anniversary, our hope is to gather on the Memorial plaza, adhering to state and federal guidelines as they relate to social distancing and public gatherings," read the message.
It continued, "As in years past, the focus of the commemoration will be the reading of the names. … we will not ask family members to read the names of victims in person on a stage this year. Instead, we will use recorded name readings from the Museum’s ‘In Memoriam’ exhibition to ensure that your loved one is recognized and remembered."