2001-12-15 / Letters

Rockaway- What A Name!

Rockaway- What A Name!

Dear Editor;

The events of the last three months in New York, as they affect residents of Rockaway, have indeed brought to the fore my understanding of the influence a name may have on the bearer.

Some people strongly believe that names have the power to either bring bad luck or otherwise. This may explain why places and people are usually named after successful persons or heroic figures, but for all I know, not Osama bin Laden, at least not after September 11.

Names may also be an indication of circumstances surrounding the birth of a place, person or the hopes and aspirations of the people.

Each time I think of the dastardly act of September 11, my heart bleeds for families and friends of victims, many of who were Rockaway residents. While I was just coming to terms with the reality of Ground Zero, the crash of flight 587 sent great shivers down my spine.

The two events that have, in the real sense, "Rocked-Away" many promising souls from the area, made me ask, "What does the name Rockaway have to do with the ugly events of September 11 and November 12?" I want to state that this write-up is not aimed at bringing down the name ROCKAWAY. Its purpose is to salute the courage of residents of the battered community who have had to gather together to mourn the lost souls of their loved ones and to celebrate the true heroism Americans are known for.

I was particularly touched by the kids of Yeshiva Mercaz Hatorah, in Belle Harbor, who went on the street and offered food and drinks to those responding to the Flight 587 mishap, and also to the children of Hammel Child Care Center. The children from HCCC presented Rockaway Beach firefighters with a handmade poster in appreciation for their on-going assistance to the community, including a host of individuals and groups for being benevolent.

The fact that the people of Rockaway remain undaunted and more united, in the face of the cries that rocked the area, gives me hope that the prayer of Americans and people around the world will give Rockaway the strength to actually "Rock-A-Way" their pain and agony.

As Christmas draws near, Americans should ask God to "Rock-A-Way" evil from the United States and also pray for God to "Roll-Back" the joy and happiness that was the bedrock of this part of New York, and that the brightness that goes with the lighting of the streets of Rockaway this week should bring the everlasting light of God into the lives of the people of Rockaway. Rockaway. What a name!!


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