Councilwoman Ariola Welcomes National 9/11 Memorial Staff to Rockaway

 Councilwoman Ariola Welcomes National 9/11 Memorial Staff to Rockaway

Councilwoman Joann Ariola welcomed the President and staff of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to Rockaway on May 10, to provide a tour of Tribute Park as well as the nearby Flight 587 Memorial, and let them know about the tremendous impact 9/11 and the crash of Flight 587 had on the peninsula.

“Rockaway suffered tremendously in 2001, and the scars of that year’s events remain visible in many ways today,” said Councilwoman Ariola. “So many members of the Rockaway community lost their lives during the attacks of September 11, and then less than two months later, Belle Harbor was hit by the crash of Flight 587, claiming five lives on the ground as well as 260 people on board the aircraft. These two tragedies, happening so close together and to such a tight-knit community, had a tremendous impact on the people here, and it is so important that we not only preserve the memories of those lost, but also honor those who survived and still carry the weight of the trauma from those days more than twenty years ago.”

“It’s been a great privilege, as President and CEO of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, to visit neighborhoods of the city and learn how they were touched by September 11, 2001,” said Elizabeth L. Hillman, President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. “I am especially grateful to the local communities, including the Rockaways, that share in our mission to never forget those killed. Council Member Ariola’s support of my recent visit to Queens, and to the Breezy Point Civic Association, the volunteer firefighters, and 9/11 family members, revealed powerful, beautiful memorials created and sustained to remember 9/11.”

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