9/11 Ends With Tribute Park Flag-Lowering Ceremony
The evening of September 11, 2006 brought more than 150 family members (many who had spent the day at Ground Zero or at firehouses throughout the city) for a flag-lowering ceremony and a heart-rending rendition of Taps. The ceremony began at 7:11 p.m., but many of the family members remained in Tribute Park long after sunset, gazing out over Jamaica Bay at the spot in the Manhattan skyline where the twin buildings of the World Trade Center once stood. They sat on benches, many of which are dedicated in the memory of those who were killed on September 11, 2001. A number of young children, relatives of Firefighter Henry Miller Jr., of Bayswater and who died on 9/11, released balloons into the evening sky. One young girl, remembering that her firefighter uncle was always the first to help people, pointed at a balloon that was quickly rising and said, "There goes Uncle Henry, always in the lead."