PHOTOS: 9/11 Tribute in Light through the years

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The Tribute in Light, as seen from across the Hudson River, on the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Jersey City
The Tribute in Light is seen in the sky above Lower Manhattan on the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in New York.
A couple embraces as the Tribute in Light is seen in the sky on the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in New York.
A couple embraces on the Brooklyn Promenade as the Tribute in Light rises above the lower Manhattan skyline Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in New York.
The Tribute in Light rises above the lower Manhattan skyline, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in New York.
The Tribute in Light, a temporary memorial to those lost on 9/11, is lit for the last time on Saturday, April 13, 2002. It was on continuously for six months after the attack.
New York Firefighters Tim Hallahan, left, and Lt. Peter White look at "Tribute in Light," Saturday, April 13, 2002.
The Tribute in Light rises above the New York skyline, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 in a view from Bayonne, N.J. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
The Tribute in Light rises above the New York skyline Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.
The Tribute in Light rises above the New York skyline Friday, Sept. 11,  2015, in a view from Bayonne, N.J.
The "Tribute in Light" towers above lower Manhattan during the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003.
Jose Martinez, left, and his brother Adonis Martinez, of Danbury, Conn., pose for a friend's snapshot below The Tribute in Light near Ground Zero on Friday, Sept. 12, 2003.
The Tribute in Light, a temporary memorial to those lost on 9/11, is lit for the last time on Saturday, April 13, 2002. It was on continuously for six months after the attack.
The Tribute in Light rises near Ground Zero on Sept. 12, 2003. The twin beams of light were switched on at sunset, evoking the image of the twin towers.
A test of the Tribute in Light memorial illuminates a passing cloud above lower Manhattan Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, in New York.
In this Sept. 11, 2004 file photo, the Tribute in Light shines over the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty in New York.
'Tribute in Light' illuminates the sky over Manhattan, Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 in New York, marking the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
The "Tribute in Light" marks the  September 11 Anniversary in New York taken from Bayonne, N.J. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007.
A short test of the "Tribute in Light" illuminates the sky over the World Trade Center site Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008 in New York.
The Tribute in Light illuminates the sky over the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008 in New York.
Twin towers of light from the Tribute in Light converge over the spire of Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan in New York, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008.
In a photo made with a fisheye lens, the Tribute in Light rises above buildings in lower Manhattan, during a test, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013.
The Tribute in Light rises above the construction cranes on One World Trade Center, and the lower New York skyline, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010..
The Tribute in Light rises above the construction cranes on One World Trade Center, and the lower New York skyline, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010.
A test of the Tribute in Light rises above lower Manhattan, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 in New York.
The Tribute in Light rises above the lower Manhattan skyline and One World Trade Center, center, in a test of the memorial light display, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 in New York.
In this Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 photo, people in Brooklyn Bridge Park gather to watch a test of the Tribute in Light rising from the lower Manhattan skyline in New York.
The Tribute in Light shines above the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty, left, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, as seen from Bayonne, N.J.
A test of the twin beams of the Tribute in Light intersect with still-under construction One World Trade as they rise above lower Manhattan, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
The Tribute in Light shines above 1 World Trade Center, left, and 7 World Trade Center, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in New York.
A test of the Tribute in Light shines skyward over lower Manhattan, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 in New York.
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The Tribute in Light, as seen from across the Hudson River, on the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Jersey City
AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

NEW YORK (WABC) -- The annual beams of light that mark the rough footprints of where the twin towers once stood will once again illuminate the New York City skyline.

The Tribute in Light is a visual memorial to those who died on September 11, 2001, and is turned on for every anniversary.

The lights go on at sunset on September 11 and go off at dawn on September 12.

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The beams, coming from 88 searchlights south of the World Trade Center site, were first put in place six months after the attack and are now a yearly tradition.

At full power, the lights can be seen for many miles, depending on the weather.

Check out pictures of the tribute through the years.

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Each year, New York City and millions around the country commemorate 9/11 with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, appeals to "never forget," and drawing attention to the terror attacks' continued toll on first responders.

Relatives of the victims descend on ground zero in Lower Manhattan, and the events of that terrible day and the weeks, months and years that followed are never forgotten, nor are the memories of those killed by terrorists in hijacked planes.

Additionally, we remember all those who have died from 9/11-related illnesses from their heroic work at ground zero and those who suffer today.

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WABC-TV engineer Don DiFranco was working at the Channel 7 transmitter site on the 110th floor of the World Trade Center North Tower when terrorists flew a hijacked American Airlines jet into the building on September 11, 2001.

September 11 still shapes American policy, politics and everyday experiences in places from airports to office buildings, even if it's less of a constant presence in the public consciousness after more than two decades.

The 9/11 commemorations are by now familiar rituals, but each year at ground zero, victims' relatives infuse the ceremony with personal messages of remembrance, inspiration and concern.

CLICK HERE for more Eyewitness News reflections, photos and stories marking the anniversary of 9/11

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