2002-09-14 / Editorial/Opinion

A Modest Idea For Memorial Park

A Modest Idea For Memorial Park

The Rockaway Chamber of Commerce is seeking ideas for a fitting memorial to those Rockaway residents who were killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center last September. The specifications for the memorial, which will be sited on Beach 116 Street on the bayfront, call for a ten by ten memorial no more than 12 feet high. We think that the Chamber is missing a beat if it does not place a piece of the World Trade Center itself as well as one of the police or fire apparatus that was destroyed on that terrible day on the site. In fact, the ambulance lost by the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department lies at Fresh Kills landfill along with hundreds of other vehicles. It is ripe for the picking. What brings this up is a show on television this week called "Relics From the Rubble." It seems that museums and memorials all over the nation are picking pieces of the twisted steel from the WTC and ruined emergency vehicles for their facilities. Why not Rockaway? There was one particular piece of wreckage that contained paper, cloth, the sole of a shoe and other material as well as twisted, burned steel. Would not that make a fitting centerpiece for our memorial? We could envision a simple black marble wall with the names of all those from Rockaway and Broad Channel who were lost, a piece of the rubble and the destroyed local ambulance. We do not need a fancy piece of artwork. We need something that will memorialize those who were lost and that will tell a story of how it happed for future generations. Nothing will tell that story better than the rubble itself.

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