Many family members of local residents carried a rose for their lost loved ones. The eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, murdering 70 local residents, was commemorated this year on Tuesday morning at Tribute Park on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 116 Street. Many family members and friends showed up to pay tribute to those who died that day.
Gail Allen and her grandchildren lay a rose for her fallen son, Firefighter Richie Allen.
Bernie Warnock, the president of Friends of Tribute Park, bears a flag that will fly over the park.
Warnock presents the flag to former Battalion Chief Dan Mundy, who facilitated the construction of the park.
An honor guard of firefighters raised the flag.
Roses were placed on the piece of World Trade Center steel that is the centerpiece of the park. Pictured are park official Nadia Murphy and her husband, Tom Murphy, a former battalion chief.
The mother of fallen Firefighter John Heffernan offers a rose in memory of her son.
A family member left a remembrance in roses on the helmet adorning the Firefighter’s Memorial on the Tribute Park site. Photos by Howard Schwach.
City Councilman Eric Ulrich took part in the memorial service.
The Freedom Tower in Manhattan on the footprint of the WTC, which was destroyed in 2001. Many Rockaway residents watched the towers fall from that then-empty lot.