2009-09-04 / Community

9/11 Ceremonies Set At Tribute Park

Two ceremonies are scheduled at Tribute Park next Friday to mark the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Two ceremonies are scheduled at Tribute Park next Friday to mark the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Two ceremonies are scheduled to take place at Tribute Park next Friday, as the Rockaway community and the nation observe the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The morning ceremony will begin at 8:46 a.m. - the moment the first airplane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center - as our nation's flag is raised high above the peninsula's beautiful bay front memorial park and is then lowered to half-staff, according to the Friends of Tribute Park.

Uniformed members of the FDNY and NYPD will assist as Tribute Park's ceremonial flag, which has flown over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., is unfurled at the base of the flagpole where the firefighter memorial rock bears the names of 347 city firefighters who died in the attack.

A list of Rockaway residents who gave their lives that day will be read, and family members and friends of the deceased will have the opportunity to lay a rose on the park's mariner's compass in their memory. Again this year 1-800-Flowers has generously donated the roses.

Names of other victims whose families have relocated to the Rockaways since September 11, 2001 will also be read, organizers said.

The ceremonial flag will fly at halfstaff until sunset. All are invited to gather again at Tribute Park at 6:30 p.m. when the names of the Rockaway residents will again be read and Taps is played. The ceremonial flag will then be lowered and replaced with the American flag that regularly waves over the park.

Friends of Tribute Park hosts these September 11 remembrance ceremonies at the park, a vantage point from which many watched the devastation unfold in lower Manhattan. The triangular-shaped, undeveloped plot was reclaimed through the efforts of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways and the Department of Parks and Recreation and opened to the public in November, 2005.

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