2002-09-28 / Letters

A Memorial For Flight 587

A Memorial For Flight 587

Dear Editor;

I realize that much of our community, myself included, continues to mourn the enormous losses of September 11.  Each day serves as a painful reminder of friends, neighbors and loved ones that are no longer in our lives, and I believe it is fitting that we should commemorate those lost with the planned WTC memorial site on 116 Street. 

At the same time, I feel that as a reflection of the deep compassion of this community, it would behoove us to move forward with some type of memorial for those lost in the crash of flight 587.   Families of those victims continue to make their way to 131 Street in a tearful and silent
pilgrimage.  While no one wishes to add pain   or inconvenience to those Rockaway residents that lost their families and homes, it seems that a memorial, even something as unobtrusive as a bench for weary visitors, or a plaque with the names of that those were lost, would be more than appropriate. 

Recently I researched the other (notably smaller) air disasters in the U.S. and found that all of the sites had some type of memorial in place.  With the anniversary of the crash too quickly upon us, I think it is important for those that will come to mark the day, that our residents offer a tangible memorial for sympathy we share with those families that will once again come to view the place where their loved ones perished.


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