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Tonight is the annual floating lanterns ceremony commemorating the victims of the WTC tragedy. Starting at 6 p.m. (on the south side of Pier 40) lanterns will be prepared, with messages and the names of loved one's. This will be followed by music, meditation and prayer by religious leaders. At 7:45 p.m. the lanterns, lit up, will start floating down the Hudson River, as Sutra Chanting is led by Rev. TK Nakagaki, of the NY Buddhist Church.

The church notes that the "ancient custom of Floating lighted Lanterns in the waterways is a symbolic way of respecting the lives that have gone before us. It can represent a light of hope for peace and harmony." More details on tonight's ceremony here (PDF).