World Trade Center to be lit in blue and white in honor of Elie Wiesel

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NEW YORK — The spire of the World Trade Center will light up in blue and white Sunday night in honor of Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate.

Wiesel passed away Saturday at the age of 87.

Governor Cuomo announced the tribute Sunday afternoon.

A news release on the governor's site explains that "it is fitting" that the spire of the World Trade Center, which was built as a response to terrorism, be lit in honor of Wiesel, who spent his life fighting hate.

The release also states that New York stands in solidarity with the Jewish people and the State of Israel, who lost one of its preeminent leaders when Wiesel passed.

"Today, we mourn the loss of legendary New Yorker, author and activist Elie Wiesel," Cuomo said in the news release. "Elie was born in 1927 in the town of Sighet, and during the Holocaust, when Elie was faced with certain death in the horrors of the Auschwitz concentration camp, he refused to give up the will to live. Elie used his personal story to show the world that the triumph of the human spirit can overcome the face of evil. This became his mission in life. The world will never be the same without him."