2011-09-09 / 9/11 10th Anniversary

After Ten Years, 9/11 Terrorist Attack Still Touches Rockaway

By Howard Schwach

It is difficult to believe that it has been ten years since more than 70 peninsula residents died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and since hundreds watched the majestic buildings fall in Manhattan from the bay wall along Beach Channel Drive.

A lot has happened since that day ten years ago, but those who were alive then will remember where they were that day, and what they were doing when they first heard of a plane crashing into the WTC tower. It will become akin, for those who were alive on December 7, 1942, to the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by Japanese planes.

Those people can still remember, nearly 70 years later, the details of where they were when they heard of the attack.

Rockaway has moved on since the WTC attack. A beautiful memorial to those who died has been constructed and consecrated on Beach 116 Street. It is visited regularly by friends and relatives of those who died and is maintained by a group of locals who have dedicated themselves to the memories of the Rockaway people who were lost that day.

This special section is dedicated to their memory as well.

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