Names Added To AA 587 Memorial Wall
The memorial, sited at the southern end of the Beach 116 Street shopping area, is slated for its grand opening on this year's anniversary of the crash with a city ceremony that morning.
Most recently, the names of the 265 victims of the flight, including those of the five Rockaway residents who were killed on the ground that day, were added to the memorial wall.
Last Friday, October 20, a dozen city officials from the Parks Department, Department of Design and Construction, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Department of Transportation and the Mayor's Office of Community Assistance met with police officials to discuss the final arrangements, although the Mayor has not yet formally announced the date and place for this year's memorial service.
In the past, the service had been held at the crash site, Beach 131 Street and Newport Avenue at 9:16 a.m. the time the plane crashed after departing John F. Kennedy Airport only a minute or two prior to the crash.
A number of family members of the crash victims have told The Wave that they plan on visiting the crash site as well as the new memorial on November 12. Others say that they are going to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to memorialize the day.
There is a large monument to the victims of Flight 587 in a suburb of the capital, Benin. In addition, the National Chapel holds a special memorial service on that day. The plane was headed for the Dominican Republic on that day and many of the victims were Dominicans.
The National Transportation Safety Board officially blamed the crash on First Officer Sten Molin, who was flying the departure that day.
The memorial was built with both public and private money, the mayor says.