2006-11-10 / Front Page

Flight 587 Memorial Unveiling Set For Sunday, Nov. 12

By Brian Magoolaghan

The memorial service marking the fifth anniversary of the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 will be held on Beach 116 Street the morning of Sunday, November 12, and will conclude with the unveiling of the new memorial at the southern end of the street, according to the Mayor's Office.

The memorial service will begin at 9 a.m., with an invocation at 9:10 a.m. followed by remarks from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. There will be a moment of silence and tolling of the bells at 9:16 a.m. The names of the 265 victims will then be read, followed by a musical interlude by Manuel Jimenez and Argentina Lara and readings by family members in English and Spanish.

At approximately 9:50 a.m., Mayor Bloomberg will conclude the memorial service and invite family members to view the new memorial to the victims, which is located at the southern end of Beach 116 Street.

Sources said it won't be clear until the day of the event exactly what will happen next because this is the first time the service is not being held at the intersection of Beach 131 Street and Newport Avenue, the site of the deadly crash. The city is providing bus transportation for family members and the Mayor's Office says the buses will depart after the memorial services, but sources say the city is anticipating that at least some of those who attend the memorial will want to visit the crash site and/or attend Mass at St. Francis de Sales, as in years past.

American Airlines Flight 587 crashed into Belle Harbor on November 12, 2001, killing all 260 people onboard and five people on the ground.

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