2001-11-24 / Front Page

Memorial Planned for WTC and Flight 587 Victims

By Gary G. Toms

Memorial Planned for WTC
and Flight 587 Victims
By Gary G. Toms

Community Board 14 held a meeting on November 19, at the Peninsula Library on Beach 92 Street, to discuss a proposal to develop a Rockaway/Broad Channel – 9/11 WTC Memorial for the victims of the World Trade Center attack and the Flight 587 airline disaster.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska announced that the memorial’s targeted date of completion and unveiling would be September 11, 2002.

"It would be a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives so valiantly in the line of duty, and it would also honor those residents of the community that were lost in the tragedies," said Pheffer.

Pheffer and Gaska also noted that the proposed site for the memorial should be developed on a city-owned property, and suggested that the promenade at Beach Channel Drive and 127 Street, or the planned city park on Beach 116, facing the site of the former Twin Towers, might be considered as possible areas of construction for the project.

Several committees are being set up as part of the project, and they include: Location, (primarily concerned with finding a site for the memorial.) Design, (which will focus on bringing artists together to design the memorial.) and Fundraising (which would center on raising funds for the memorial.)

Pheffer firmly stated that the memorial is for the community and nothing will be done without the community’s input.

"Whatever we end up doing with regard to this memorial, it will be done with the total support of this community. We won’t do anything without going through them first."

Gaska echoed the sentiment of his Community Board colleague.

"Although Audrey and I have an active role in bringing this project together, there will be a point when we will step back and let the committee leaders and members of the community take charge of the project. This memorial is a community driven project. It will not be driven by the Community Board. We hope to be placed in a position where we are acting solely as advisors to the project."

The District Manager went on too say that the memorial should be in a location that is easily accessible to many residents of the entire Rockaway peninsula.

"This memorial will be for everyone, and everyone will have access to it."

If you are interested in signing up to join any of the committees that have been outlined, you can contact Community Board 14 at (718) 471-7300.

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