9/11 Ends With Tribute Park Flag-Lowering Ceremony
The evening of September 11, 2006 brought more than 150 family members (many who had spent the day at Ground Zero or at firehouses throughout the city) for a flag-lowering ceremony and a heart-rending rendition of Taps. The ceremony began at 7:11 p.m., but many of the family members remained in Tribute Park long after sunset, gazing out over Jamaica Bay at the spot in the Manhattan skyline where the twin buildings of the World Trade Center once stood. They sat on benches, many of which are dedicated in the memory of those who were killed on September 11, 2001. A number of young children, relatives of Firefighter Henry Miller Jr., of Bayswater and who died on 9/11, released balloons into the evening sky. One young girl, remembering that her firefighter uncle was always the first to help people, pointed at a balloon that was quickly rising and said, "There goes Uncle Henry, always in the lead."
Flag Waves Over Tribute Park on Morning of Fifth Anniversary
A flag-raising ceremony was held at Tribute Park on the morning of the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Retired New York City Fire Department Captain Dan Mundy, who played an integral role in the construction of the park, led uniformed FDNY personnel in raising the flag at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane struck the North Tower. Kerry Hynes, whose father, FDNY Captain Walter G. Hynes, was killed on September 11, released butterflies with the help of Community Board 14 Chairperson Delores Orr. The ceremony benefited from sunny skies and a light breeze, and was attended by family members and friends of fallen rescue workers, uniformed civil service workers, community members, representatives from community groups and local elected officials. The event was hosted by the Friends of Tribute Park, a new group that will help maintain the park. Tribute Park was officially opened to the public last November, making this the first time the stunning bay front memorial ground on Beach 116Street was open to the public for a ceremony on the anniversary of the attack.