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    Pillars Of Light

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    Pillars of light

    Pillars of light cap day of tributes


    Associated Press
    March 12, 2002


    NEW YORK - To the strains of America the Beautiful, two pillars of light soared skyward from beside ground zero Monday night, filling a hole torn in the skyline when terrorists brought down the World Trade Center six months ago.


    As relatives of some of the thousands killed stood and watched, 12-year-old Valerie Webb activated 88 searchlights arranged to simulate the twin towers. Her father, Port Authority police Officer Nathaniel Webb, still hasn't been found in the ruins nearby.

    "The lights will reach up to the skies and into heaven, near where the heroes are now," said Arthur Leahy, holding a picture of his brother James Leahy, a New York police officer who died on Sept. 11.

    The ethereal "Tribute of Light" memorial was designed to help lessen the aching loss felt across the country since that day. It will shine each night until April 13.

    The lighting capped a day of tributes from Boston, New York and rural Pennsylvania to the nation's capital, where President Bush offered words of resolve at a White House ceremony attended by more than 100 ambassadors as well as victims' relatives and members of Congress.

    At the Pentagon, where 189 people died Sept. 11, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met with military leaders from nations in the anti-terrorism coalition. And in Shanksville, Pa., church bells tolled at 10:06 a.m. in memory of the 44 victims aboard United Flight 93, the fourth hijacked jet to crash that day. It went down in the countryside, apparently after some of the passengers fought back.

    As the memorial of light slowly gained power, soprano Jessye Norman sang America the Beautiful and Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the tribute "reminds us there is still much in this world to be hopeful about and that the human spirit will always prevail."

    In nearby Battery Park, a pile of flowers and pictures of the dead and missing grew at the base of "The Sphere," a damaged steel-and-bronze sculpture that stood in the Trade Center plaza and is now a temporary memorial.

    People cheered from their Brooklyn rooftops as the searchlights beamed skyward. More than 100 relatives of those killed watched from a boat in New York Harbor.

    Many said the new memorial is comforting, but a permanent tribute remains an important goal.

    "We expect there to be a more significant memorial when it's all done," said Jack Lynch, whose son, Firefighter Michael Lynch, died in the attack.
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