2012-09-07 / Top Stories

We Remember Those Lost On 9/11

Rockaway residents will gather together on Tuesday, September 11, to remember the brave men and women who lost their lives during the September 11 terrorist attacks with two separate ceremonies that day.

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 bay front memorial park on Beach 116 Street and is then lowered to half-staff, according to ceremony organizers, Friends of Tribute Park.

Traditionally, uniformed members of the FDNY and NYPD assist as the 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 more than 300 city firefighters who died in the attack. The sculpted firefighter’s helmet atop the rock was created by the late artist

Izabella Slobodoff.

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.

The ceremonial flag will fly at half-staff 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. The magnificent dome located next to the shoreline was designed and fabricated in the studio of stained glass master Patrick Clark.

Last year, to mark the tenth anniversary, a special ceremony was held to install a piece of steel from the World Trade Center inside the park. The steel, which was recovered from Ground Zero, was in storage at JFK Airport for years. It marked the first Trade Center artifact to be installed in a city park.

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