2011-11-11 / Community

Tribute Park Featured In Lambs’ Remembrance

By Samantha Rose Routledge

The Lambs Club, America’s first professional theater club, recently published the latest issue of their newsletter, dubbed the “Lambs’ Script,” which is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001. It features testimonials given by The Lambs members, one of whom resides in Rockaway.

Since 1932, the quarterly newsletter highlights activities within the club, achievements of individual members, special features and historical information.

The members of the Lambs Club took a look back at the time of horror and confusion when phone lines were down, and people couldn’t reach their children, family or friends for hours. The members of The Lambs Club show in their tribute that despite the despair brought on by September 11, people came together in unimaginable ways and to create an unbreakable bond.

Part of their tribute, however, hits relatively close to home. The Lambs Club says they were honored and proud to display within the pages of the Script, a selection of beautiful photographs that highlight the magnificent and honorable Tribute Park.

In 2001, shortly after the horrific events of 9/11, The Lambs’ Script staff presented the memorable issue, opening the ‘Editor’s Notes’ with the words, “We are living through strange times, wading through troubled waters.” The same could still be said about current times as The Lambs’ Script honors the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. The recent 2011 memorial issue repeats these words and features images of Tribute Park, which speaks loudly to the fact that no one will ever forget the lives lost in one of the hardest struck communities in New York City during the September 11 attacks.

Thanks to a combination of community support and dedication, visitors get to enjoy the beauty inside Tribute Park which features a massive granite sculpture topped with a stone-carved fireman’s hat. Etched on “Firemen’s Rock” is the name of more than 300 Rockaway firefighters lost on 9/11. The plaza walk is fashioned from bricks carved with the names of the 70 Rockaway residents that were lost, and nearby a memorial honors the 22 Rockaway police officers that lost their lives the day the towers fell.

If you have not yet had the privilege of experiencing the beauty and serenity of Tribute Park, it is located at the end of Beach 116 Street, just off Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Park. The sight overlooks the expanse of the Manhattan skyline beyond Jamaica Bay, where the “twin towers” once stood so proudly.

The Lambs Club was established way back in 1874 but still provides a social gathering place for people in the performing arts spectrum to discuss their trade. Performers, directors, writers, artists and technicians gather to celebrate their love for the theater.

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