"This incredibly difficult decision was reached in consultation with our partners after concluding the health risks during the pandemic were far too great for the large crew required to produce the annual Tribute in Light," the group said in a statement.
The art installation "Tribute in Light" was first presented six months after the terrorist attacks. The annual memorial is comprised of about 88 lights that reach four miles into the sky, creating twin beams matching the shape of the towers that were destroyed.
"We hope to resume this iconic tribute for the 20th anniversary."
Instead, the group said the city would come together for an initiative to "inspire the world and honor the promise to never forget" but did not provide any further details yet about what that initiative will be.