2002-09-07 / Front Page

Local Events To Commemorate 911

By Howard Schwach

By Howard Schwach

There will be a number of activities this week to commemorate those who were lost in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

One of the major events of the week will be a "Remembering September 11" event that will begin at the firehouse on Beach 116 Street and will then move to the playground at St. Francis de Sales Church on Beach 129 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

That event, which will begin at the firehouse at 6:45 p.m. on the evening of Tuesday, September 10, will feature an ecumenical prayer service and the lighting of memorial candles. Many local clerics will take part in the service and a number of police and fire officials will offer remarks and reflections.

The Five Towns-Rockaway Interfaith Clergy Council will sponsor the event.

At 8:55 a.m. on the morning of September 11, there will be a ceremony of prayer and remembrance at the corner of Mott Avenue and Central Avenue in Far Rockaway. The event will feature clergy from the local area as well as officials from the fire and police departments. The ceremony is expected to run until 9:30 a.m.

On September 11th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., the staff at Gateway National Recreation Area along with Rockaway Theatre Company, Rockaway Artists Alliance, Rockaway Music and Arts Council, and the
Rockaway Chamber of Commerce will welcome visitors and
community members to join them at the Bay 9 flagpole at Jacob Riis Park. The NPS wants to "gather
with friends and families during this time to reflect and remember."
Those who are not able to attend the gathering, are urged to feel free to walk the park’s trails, which "offer tranquility, or to enjoy the shorelines along the park that offer relaxing soothing sounds of the ocean." 

On the evening of September 9, at 6:30 p.m., the Oxygen television network will be offering a special screening of "Women of Rockaway," a film that "pays tribute to the strength of the Rockaway community in the aftermath of September 11." The documentary will be aired on September 11 on channel 61.

At 9:15 a.m. on September 11, the Peninsula Hospital Center will be hosting a memorial prayer ceremony of remembrance at the hospital. The event will include memorial prayers, music and a candle lighting ceremony.

On the September 11, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway will join with Project Liberty to host three memorial services so that each hospital shift will have the opportunity to attend a service. The services, to be held in the facility’s boardroom, will begin at 9:15 a.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Each will last approximately 2 hours.

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