Tribute Park is serene as the sun sets over Jamaica Bay during the ceremony. Local artist Patrick Clark unveiled his Tribute Park glass memorial titled "Heavens Over Rockaway" last Sunday, with a large crowd on hand under sunny skies. The long-awaited artwork is the final piece in the development of the Tribute Park, dedicated to those who were killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Clark's memorial piece includes a spattering of stars, each etched with the name of one of those who died that day.
|Family members visit the Firefighter's memorial on the site. Battalion 47 Chief James McGrath (left), Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and ex-firefighter Kevin Callaghan read the names of those who died. Madeline Belson, mother of Firefighter Steve Belson, who died that day, spreads dust from Ground Zero onto the park, dedicating it to those who were lost. Dan Mundy, the force behind the completion of the park, stands with the crowd as the ceremony unfolds. Mundy was hired as the expeditor for the park when it began to fall badly behind schedule. The park was dedicated in July. Volunteers begin to pull the tarp covering the glass cupola. Clark points out the location of her husband's star to Robin Peterson, whose husband, Billy Peterson, worked for Cantor-Fitzgerald and was killed that day. The dome is unveiled as Caitlyn Hynes, the daughter of FDNY Captain Walther Hynes, sings "Somewhere Out A large crowd of family members and onlookers crowded into the park for the ceremony. Young bagpiper Sean Cummins, son of a firefighter who is preparing to deploy to Iraq, led the processional into the site. The dome was lit for the first time at 8 p.m. that night with 75 family members and residents on hand. The dome will be lit each night. Bob "Little Bear" Clark, a member of the Umatilla Tribe in Oregon, performed a "Smudge Blessing" on the site and on family members. Here, he blesses the sister of Firefighter Eugene Whalen, who was killed that day. |