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Flight 587 Memorial

  • Location: Beach 116 Street
  • Sculptor: Freddy Rodriguez
  • Architect: Situ Studio, LLC
  • Description: Commemorative wall with inscribed names; plaza
  • Materials: Granite
  • Dedicated: November 12, 2006
  • Inscription: On lintel: AFTERWARDS I WANT ONLY PEACE / -PEDRO MIR /

    Main inscription:
    ON NOVEMBER 12, 2001: AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 587 DEPARTED JFK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EN / ROUTE TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. AT 9:16 AM, SECONDS AFTER TAKE OFF, THE JET CRASHED INTO / THE COMMUNITY OF BELLE HARBOR KILLING ALL 260 PASSENGERS AND CREW AND FIVE BELLE HARBOR / RESIDENTS. PEOPLE FROM FRANCE, HAITI, ISRAEL, TAIWAN, THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND THE UNITED / STATES AND PUERTO RICO WERE ON THE FLIGHT YET THE MAJORITY WERE OF DOMINICAN DESCENT / TRAVELING TO THEIR HOMELAND OR RETURNING FROM VISITING FAMILY. THE PLANE STRUCK THE / GROUND AT THE INTERSECTION OF BEACH 131ST STREET AND NEWPORT AVENUE WHERE MEMBERS OF THE / FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS (MANY OF THEM OFF DUTY) AND NUMEROUS VOLUNTEERS RUSHED / TO THE SCENE. DESPITE THEIR HEROIC EFFORTS, THE CRASH OF FLIGHT 587 STANDS TO DATE AS THE / SECOND LARGEST AVIATION TRAGEDY IN U.S. HISTORY. ALL NEW YORKERS WERE DEVASTATED BY THIS / TERRIBLE EVENT, OCCURRING ONLY TWO MONTHS AND A DAY AFTER THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACK. / THE COMMUNITIES OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS AND BELLE HARBOR WERE UNIQUELY AFFECTED. MANY OF / THE PASSENGERS LIVED IN AND AROUND WASHINGTON HEIGHTS. BELLE HARBOR WAS HOME TO MANY / POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES ON 9/11. THESE COMMUNITIES, TOGETHER / WITH THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS AND THE CITY OF NEW YORK HAVE CREATED THIS MONUMENT TO / HONOR THOSE WHO PERISHED AND ENSURE THAT WE NEVER FORGET THOSE WE HAVE LOVED AND LOST. /

    EL 12 DE NOVIEMBRE DEL 2001, EL VUELO 587 DE AMERICAN AIRLINES PARTIÓ DEL AEROPUERTO / INTERNACIONAL JFK CON DESTINO A LA REPÚBLICA DOMINICANA. A LAS 9:16 AM, EL AVIÓN SE ESTRELLÓ / EN LA COMUNIDAD DE BELLE HARBOR, DONDE PERECIERON LOS 260 PASAJEROS Y TRIPULACIÓN, Y / CINCO RESIDENTES LOCALES. PERSONAS DE FRANCIA, HAITÍ, ISRAEL, TAIWÁN, EL REINO UNIDO, Y LOS / ESTADOS UNIDOS Y PUERTO RICO SE ENCONTRABAN A BORDO. SIN EMBARGO, LA MAYORÍA ERAN DE / ORIGEN DOMINICANO Y VIAJABAN A SU TIERRA O REGRESABAN A ELLA LUEGO DE HABER VISITADO A / FAMILIARES. EL AVIÓN SE ESTRELLÓ EN LA INTERSECCIÓN DE LA CALLE BEACH 131 Y LA AVENIDA / NEWPORT, DONDE MIEMBROS DEL DEPARTAMENTO DE BOMBEROS Y DE LA POLICÍA (MUCHOS DE ELLOS / LIBRE DE SERVICIO), Y NUMEROSOS VOLUNTARIOS ACUDIERON AL LUGAR DEL ACCIDENTE. A PESAR DE / SU HEROICO ESFUERZO, LA CAÍDA DEL VUELO 587 ES HASTA HOY LA SEGUNDA MAYOR TRAGEDIA DE / AVIACIÓN EN LA HISTORIA DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS. TODOS LOS NEOYORQUINOS SE SINTIERON / DEVASTADOS ANTE ESTE TERRIBLE SUCESO OCURRIDO SÓLO DOS MESES Y UN DÍA DESPUÉS DEL ATAQUE / AL WORLD TRADE CENTER. LAS COMUNIDADES DE WASHINGTON HEIGHTS Y BELLE HARBOR FUERON LAS / MÁS AFECTADAS. MUCHOS DE LOS PASAJEROS VIVÍAN EN WASHINGTON HEIGHTS O SUS ALREDEDORES. / BELLE HARBOR ERA EL HOGAR DE MUCHOS AGENTES DE POLICÍA Y BOMBEROS QUE PERDIERON SUS / VIDAS EN EL 11 DE SEPTIEMBRE. ESTAS COMUNIDADES, JUNTO A LAS FAMILIAS DE LAS VÍCTIMAS Y LA / CIUDAD DE NUEVA YORK, HAN CREADO ESTE MONUMENTO PARA CONMEMORAR A AQUELLOS QUE / PERECIERON Y ASEGURAR QUE NUNCA OLVIDAREMOS A QUIENES HEMOS AMADO Y PERDIDO.

Please note, the NAME field includes a primary designation as well as alternate namings often in common or popular usage. The DEDICATED field refers to the most recent dedication, most often, but not necessarily the original dedication date. If the monument did not have a formal dedication, the year listed reflects the date of installation.

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