Hundreds gather for final look at beams of light to remember W

Sunday, April 14, 2002

NEW YORK -- Hundreds of people gathered in lower Manhattan Saturday night to take a final look at the towers of light that have served as reminders of the World Trade Center for the past month.

"Tribute in Light," two shafts of massed searchlight beams shooting into the night sky, represented the 110-story twin skyscrapers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. Since March 11, they have been lighted from dusk to 11 p.m. every night.

The lights were scheduled to burn for one month, and are to be turned off for a final time at dawn Sunday.

Tourists holding cameras strained their eyes upwards to view the columns before they went dark. Many said they were disappointed the tribute didn't last longer.

"They should do it for a year, at least until the anniversary," said Shawn Hutchins, a data specialist who came from Meridien, Conn., to see the lights.

Gabriel Farkas, who came from Scarsdale, said he would like to see a bigger memorial to the victims of the World Trade Center attacks.

"I expected something more spectacular," he said.

The $500,000 project uses 88 searchlights arranged in 50-foot squares at a site near the northwest corner of the trade center plaza.

Financiers of the temporary memorial included AOL-Time Warner, General Electric, Deutsche Bank and the Municipal Art Society. Con Edison donated an estimated $10,000 worth of electricity.

More than 2,800 people were killed when hijackers slammed two jetliners into the towers.

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