City To Restore Flags Removed From Nearby Flight 587 Memorial
The city is planning to restore at least one of three flagpoles that were removed from the southern end of Beach 116 Street during construction of the Flight 587 memorial, according to the Department of Parks and Recreation.
The Wave contacted Parks this week after obtaining a copy of City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr.'s letter to Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe urging the timely restoration of the flagpoles that once displayed the American flag, the Flag of the City of New York and Parks' own flag bearing its official insignia, the leaf of a London Plane tree.
In his letter, Addabbo says community members and veterans organizations want to know what happened to the flagpoles.
"I have been confronted by members of this community as well as members of veteran organizations, such as the American Legion, wanting to know why the American flag, the POW-MIA flag and the pole were removed and when they will be returned," Addabbo wrote.
"My concern for this issue is not the fact that these flagpoles were removed, but rather the fact that they were not included in the final plans and replaced once the memorial was completed," said Addabbo. His letter is dated November 14 - two days after the city unveiled the finished memorial on the fifth anniversary of the air disaster.
Warner Johnston, a spokesperson for Parks, told The Wave a flagpole will eventually be restored. "We do plan on installing a flagpole," Johnston said. "We're just working out the details."
Johnston said it had not been decided if all three flagpoles would be restored, because Parks was still "evaluating design elements." It was unclear, he said, when a decision would be made and the work could be completed.