2011-09-16 / 9/11 10th Anniversary

Tears And Remembrances At Tribute Park As Hundreds Turn Out For 9-11 Ceremony

By Howard Schwach


With beautiful weather, the park was a perfect setting for the memorial tribute. With beautiful weather, the park was a perfect setting for the memorial tribute. Hundreds of locals and family members turned to Tribute Park on Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive on Sunday for the annual ceremony honoring those Rockaway residents who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

The tenth anniversary and the commemoration of a piece of twisted steel from the trade center brought out larger than normal crowds.

The steel is two and one-quarter inches thick, 52-inches wide, 14-feet long and weighs approximately 5,300 pounds. It was part of a steel box beam supporting the tridents and one of the main structural steel support beams. It has been at JFK’s Hanger 17 since the attack.



Friends of Tribute Park officials Kevin O’Mealy, Nadia Murphy and Dan Mundy discuss the day’s events. Friends of Tribute Park officials Kevin O’Mealy, Nadia Murphy and Dan Mundy discuss the day’s events.

A number of doves were released and circled the park. A number of doves were released and circled the park.

Many of the attendees wore 9-11 clothing and carried artifacts. Many of the attendees wore 9-11 clothing and carried artifacts.

Police Officer Brian McCabe, 100 Precinct CO Captain Scott Olexa and former fire captain Dan Mundy. Police Officer Brian McCabe, 100 Precinct CO Captain Scott Olexa and former fire captain Dan Mundy.

The piece of WTC steel awaited its unveiling. The piece of WTC steel awaited its unveiling.

Retired FDNY Battalion Chief Tom Murphy and former Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, unveil the WTC steel. Retired FDNY Battalion Chief Tom Murphy and former Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, unveil the WTC steel.

The WTC steel unveiled. Rockaway now has the only public park in NYC with a piece of the steel. The WTC steel unveiled. Rockaway now has the only public park in NYC with a piece of the steel.

Monsignor Brown of St. Francis de Sales Church with Rabbi Marjorie Slome of West End Temple. Monsignor Brown of St. Francis de Sales Church with Rabbi Marjorie Slome of West End Temple.

Flags and family members were the highlights of the day. Flags and family members were the highlights of the day.

A local resident pays his respects. A local resident pays his respects.

Duane Reade workers distributed both large and small American flags to all who attended. Duane Reade workers distributed both large and small American flags to all who attended.

Bernie Warnock, the president of Friends of Tribute Park, delivers a flag that has flown over the Senate Office Building. Bernie Warnock, the president of Friends of Tribute Park, delivers a flag that has flown over the Senate Office Building.

The Firefighters Memorial, with the names of all the 343 FDNY members lost that day. The Firefighters Memorial, with the names of all the 343 FDNY members lost that day.

The parents of firefighter Steve Russell, who was killed in the attack. The parents of firefighter Steve Russell, who was killed in the attack.

Firefighters raise the flag over Tribute Park. Firefighters raise the flag over Tribute Park.

Onlookers at the flag raising ceremony. Onlookers at the flag raising ceremony.

Firefighters and police officers circle the central mosaic as an honor guard. Firefighters and police officers circle the central mosaic as an honor guard.

For the first time in many years, there were lots of kids at the memorial, each learning about that day ten years ago. For the first time in many years, there were lots of kids at the memorial, each learning about that day ten years ago.

Police from the 100 Precinct place roses on a bench paid for and dedicated by the precinct. Police from the 100 Precinct place roses on a bench paid for and dedicated by the precinct.

Wave Publisher Susan Locke places a rose on the central mosaic. Each rose represented a local resident lost in the attack. Wave Publisher Susan Locke places a rose on the central mosaic. Each rose represented a local resident lost in the attack.

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