Tears And Roses As Rockaway Remembers Its Heroes
Rockaway remembered those who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center six years ago, last Tuesday at Tribute Park. The dual ceremonies were touching and the setting, right on Jamaica Bay, was perfect, as more than 100 local family members and residents gathered to commemorate the day. At 8:48 a.m., family members and community activists placed roses on the compass that makes up the central portion of Tribute Park, as the names of the local residents who died that day were read. The Tribute Park flag was raised to half-staff. Roses were also placed on the Firefighter's Memorial that celebrates the life of all of the FDNY members who died that day. The roses were donated by 1-800-Flowers. At 7:48 that evening, another ceremony was held, with the flag lowering and a rendition of "Taps."