Flag Waves Over Tribute Park on Morning of Fifth Anniversary
A flag-raising ceremony was held at Tribute Park on the morning of the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Retired New York City Fire Department Captain Dan Mundy, who played an integral role in the construction of the park, led uniformed FDNY personnel in raising the flag at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane struck the North Tower. Kerry Hynes, whose father, FDNY Captain Walter G. Hynes, was killed on September 11, released butterflies with the help of Community Board 14 Chairperson Delores Orr. The ceremony benefited from sunny skies and a light breeze, and was attended by family members and friends of fallen rescueworkers, uniformed civil service workers, community members, representatives from community groups and local elected officials. The event was hosted by the Friends of Tribute Park, a new group that will help maintain the park. Tribute Park was officially opened to the public last November, making this the first time the stunning bayfront memorial ground on Beach 116 Street was open to the public for a ceremony on the anniversary of the attack.