AA 587 Memorial In Benin, DR, May Become Rockaway Model
When Mayor Mike Bloomberg last traveled to the Dominican Republic, he visited the memorial to those who died in the crash of American Airlines, which is located in the city of Benin. He commented that the memorial might well serve as a model for what he would eventually like to see in New York City. Now that the site for the memorial, on Beach 116 Street on the turnaround has been selected, the Benin memorial might become important in the thinking of city planners designing the Rockaway memorial. Pictured, the memorial stands at left while seats are set up for the anniversary of the event.The memorial includes marble slabs with the names of all of those who died in the November 12, 2001 crash into the streets of Belle Harbor.On the third anniversary of the crash, many family members and friends came from New York City for a service at the National Cathedral and another at the Benin memorial.The walkway leads from the road to the memorial and is flanked by bushes and marble benches for mourners who want to reflect on the crash.Children at the Benin Memorial hold stuffed animals that were presented in memory of those who died in the crash.