2001-12-01 / Editorial/Opinion

The Right Design At The Right Place

The Right Design At The Right Place

Planning is underway for a memorial to those Rockaway residents who fell at the World Trade Center. Perhaps the memorial will include those Rockaway residents who died as a result of Flight 587 as well. Perhaps not. Planning for the memorial is being hosted by Community Board 14. The board has already held one meeting on the subject and has another scheduled for December 17. A number of locations are being looked at for the memorial. We believe that there is only one place for the memorial park and that is the triangle of land across from the Sunset Diner on Beach 116 Street. There are a number of reasons why we believe so. First of all, the majority of Rockaway residents who watched the towers burn and fall did so from that area. At any given time on September 11, dozens of Rockaway residents could be seen at that site, or nearby, watching the unfolding disaster. Secondly, there is parking nearby at the Municipal Parking Lot for those who travel to the park from other areas. Parking is severely limited at most of the other sites proposed for the memorial park. And, last but not least, it is one of the most beautiful spots in Rockaway to view the sun rising in the morning or setting in the evening. As for the design of the memorial, we favor a design that includes the names of each of those who fell at the World Trade Center. Many memorials, including the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the memorial to those who lost their lives in the attack on the Federal Building at Oklahoma City, feature the names of those who died. We particularly like the empty chairs at Oklahoma City, but that has already been done. A design featuring a globe with the twin towers intertwined sounds nice but the names are nicer. As time goes by, people will visit Rockaway to look for the names of their loved ones who fell that day. We should not disappoint them.

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