One World Trade Center (also known as Freedom Tower) is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan. Construction started in 2006 and was completed by July 2013. The 9/11 Memorial plaza is shown below. Picture: DON EMMERT/Getty Images

It’s hard to believe that it has been 16 years since the terrible events of Sept 11, 2001. A lot happened in the 16 years, of course.  There was the invasion into Iraq in 2003, justified with questionable intelligence by the Republican administration. Bin Laden would finally be tracked down and killed in May 2011, in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  And who would have thought that the war in Afghanistan would drag on to this day? September 2014 was supposed to mark the end of combat operations there, but the Afghan army just could not wipe out a resurgent Taliban.

Check out these pictures from last year’s Tribute in Light memorial in Lower Manhatten. The lights were switched on for tonight, as well.

The ‘Tribute in Light’ memorial shines in Lower Manhattan on the night before the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. (WABC Photo/Mike Waterhouse)

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