2010-09-03 / Community

Tribute Park Hosting 9/11 Services

Two ceremonies are scheduled at Tribute Park next Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Two ceremonies are scheduled at Tribute Park next Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Two ceremonies are scheduled to take place at Tribute Park next Saturday, as the Rockaway community and the nation observe the ninth 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 the American flag is raised above the peninsula’s beautiful bay front memorial park and is then lowered to half-staff, says the Friends of Tribute Park, who organize the ceremonies each year.

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 343 city firefighters who died in the attack.

A list of Rockaway residents who gave their lives that day will once again 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. Led by FDNY battalion Chief Danny Mc- Grath, 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 undeveloped plot of Tribute Park 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 as an everlasting memorial to those who died on September 11.

In the near future, the park will receive a piece of chosen World Trade Center steel, which organizers will place inside Tribute Park.

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