2005-08-05 / Community

Trip To Smith Point Park Set For Memorial View

The TWA 800 Memorial at Smith Point Park on Long Island is thought by many to be a good model for Rockaway’s AA 587 memorial.The TWA 800 Memorial at Smith Point Park on Long Island is thought by many to be a good model for Rockaway’s AA 587 memorial. The Department of Immigrant Affairs has set up a trip for Rockaway residents to visit Long Island’s Smith Point Park, where the memorial to those who died in the crash of TWA Flight 800 in 1996.

The trip will take place on Saturday, Aug-ust 13. A bus will pick up any Rockaway resident who wants to make the trip, which will last from 9:30 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m.

“Everybody should see this, it’s the Cadillac of memorials,” said James Monte, who lost his sister in the American Airlines Flight 587 crash in Belle Harbor in 2001. “It’s an example of what a memorial should be.”

“Several families have suggested the Smith Point visit as a way of viewing a successful project and appropriate memorial,” said Erica Gonzalez, s spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the lead agency in the development of a memorial to those who died on American Airlines Flight 587.

The trip is part on an ongoing process to build an AA 587 memorial in Rockaway. A committee, which includes a number of Rockaway residents and business people, will make the final decision on the design sometime in September.

Those interested in making the trip should contact Joanie Omeste or John Lapore at the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, 718-634-1300.

The final proposals for the actual memorial will be on display to the public at the Beach Club on Beach 116 Street on Wednesday, August 31, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

At that time, the seven finalists will be available for questions and discussion.

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