CBS News correspondent Nancy Chen described the sight as “the most vivid rainbow I have seen in my life"
People in and around New York City were treated to a truly remarkable sight on the 22nd anniversary of 9/11.
A rare double rainbow appeared in Manhattan on Monday, which was captured by both professional and amateur photographers alike.
Professional photojournalist Gary Hershorn was among those who captured the stunning sight on camera and shared it to social media. His image shows the rainbow between One World Trade, where one of the attacks occurred, and the Empire State Building.
Video captured by Linda Santangelo, and shared via Storyful, shows lightning bolts flashing around the rainbow as she pans the skyline.
CBS News correspondent Nancy Chen described the rainbow on X (formerly known as Twitter) as “the most vivid rainbow I have seen in my life — and it’s a double one too.”
The most vivid rainbow I have seen in my life — and it’s a double one too.
Over Manhattan on September 11, 2023. pic.twitter.com/g2vIc9yqQo
— Nancy Chen (@NancyChenNews) September 11, 2023
CNN Senior Global Affairs analyst Bianna Golodryga also grabbed a shot of the rainbow, calling it “a fitting end to this day 🌈.”
CNN Senior Producer Sarah Boxer said in a separate post that the day gave “all the NYC feels.”
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“We started with the same warm blue sky I remember 22 years ago to the day,” Boxer wrote. “A torrential downpour of thunder, lightning & tears then hurtled down this afternoon. Now this evening, we look up to rainbows abounding all over the skyline. 🌈.”
Several others shared images of the rainbow online, including the city itself.
An image shared on social media by the City of New York account showed the “beautiful” rainbow over the "Postcards" Staten Island September 11th Memorial, which it described as “the calm and peace after the storm.”
— City of New York (@nycgov) September 11, 2023
Nearly 3,000 people died in the Sept. 11 attacks at World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Somerset County, Penn., according to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s website.
On Friday, a man and a woman who died in the attacks were officially identified by N.Y.C. authorities.
In a press release, N.Y.C. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jason Graham said discovery came through the ability of New York City's DNA laboratory “to generate results after more than two decades of negative testing attempts."
About 40 percent of the people who died in the World Trade Center attack — or around 1,104 people — “remain unidentified,” Graham added.
“We hope these new identifications can bring some measure of comfort to the families of these victims,” he said.
Graham also noted that “the ongoing efforts by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner attest to the city’s unwavering commitment to reunite all the World Trade Center victims with their loved ones."
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