'Tribute in Light' honors victims of 9/11 attacks on 15th anniversary

The Tribute in Light rises above the lower Manhattan skyline, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Two giant towers of light are illuminating the night sky in lower Manhattan as a visual memorial to those who lost their lives on 9/11.

Nearly 3,000 people died when hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville on Sept. 11, 2001.

It was the deadliest terror attack on American soil.

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum's "Tribute in Light" art installation just south of the World Trade Center site switched on just after sundown Sunday.

PHOTOS: Striking ray of light beams off WTC days before 9/11 anniversary

The beams from the 88 searchlights represent the twin towers.

They were first put in place six months after the attack and are now a yearly tradition.

They'll stay lit until dawn.

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