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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Roosevelt Island 10th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial Service This Sunday, 6:45 At Remembrance Garden Behind Good Shepherd Community Center

Image From RIRA & RIOC

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) and Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) are jointly sponsoring a 9/11 Memorial Service on Sunday. According to RIOC:
Please join us this Sunday, September 11th at 6:45 p.m. for the 9/11 10th Anniversary Remembrance Service. The event will be held at the Remembrance Garden (located behind the Good Shepherd Chapel, 543 Main Street). Please bring a candle!

Sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Residents Association and RIOC.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
Below is the Roosevelt Island Remembrance Garden

Images of Roosevelt Island's Remembrance Garden

and the plaque that honors those Roosevelt Islanders who died in the terrorist attack:
Ed Beyea,
Anthony J. Fallone,
Taimour Khan,
Scott Larsen,
Kevin J. Smith and the firefighters who were based on Roosevelt Island
Deputy Chief Ray Downey,
Deputy Chief Charlie Kasper,
Battalion Chief John Moran, and
Battalion Chief John Paolillo.

RIRA's Social, Cultural and Educational Committee (SC&E) Chairperson Lynn Shinozaki reported to the RIRA Common Council at last night's September meeting on the plans for the 9/11 Memorial Service.

You Tube Video Of RIRA Report on Roosevelt Island 9/11 Memorial Service

America Magazine described how 9/11 impacted Roosevelt Island resident Patty Fallone whose husband Anthony died in the attacks at the World Trade Center:
... Patty waited with the children at her friend’s house until someone could drive them to their home on Roosevelt Island, a thin, two-mile-long strip of land between Manhattan and Queens. The Fallones had been an active part of its diverse, close-knit community. Even in the midst of her mourning, Patty worried about the men who worked at the neighborhood deli, one from Egypt and one from Palestine. She hoped neither was the target of bigotry or misdirected anger. She wanted to make sure that her neighborhood, her “diverse little world” as she called it, didn’t disappear along with her husband.

Roosevelt Island was a place where even the people who Patty didn’t know smiled at her and at her husband Anthony, who had been a kind of larger-than-life presence in the neighborhood. Patrick, their son, had attended public pre-school on the island, and many of the mothers remained close. So in many ways, it wasn’t surprising when a group of these mothers showed up together at Patty’s door in the days following Sept. 11. They sat down, and one of them suggested they all hold hands and say a little prayer. So the women—Jewish, Christian and Muslim—joined together and prayed for healing...
The NY Times has a fascinating and chilling report on the:
The 9/11 Tapes: The Story in the Air
A selection of audio recordings from the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.), North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) and American Airlines from the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The recordings, some of which have been published previously, are being released in a multimedia report originally intended to be part of the Sept. 11 Commission’s 2004 report...
Click here to read and hear the transcript and a comprehensive report on the cost and consequences of 9/11.

Image From Main Street WIRE Of Smoke From World Trade Center Attack As Seen From Roosevelt Island by Vicki Feinmel/Linda Heimer

More on 9/11 from previous posts.


Judith Berdy said...

It was a time that we all just came together. At some point we went to the firehouse and found the firefighters had no fresh food.  We went to Gristedes and got them some food.  Some folks put up signs in the elevators of the apt. houses and soon the firehouse was overwhelmed by generous islanders.   It was such a show of gererousity.   One day we went by and the new equipment was pouring in from all over the country.      The  islanders
seemed to all be in Trellis. No one wanted to go home. We all knew the victims. It was our family.

We put a table out on the Saturday after the event and had posterboard and markers for people to write their thoughts. We bought 4 sheets of posterboard and ended up with 13 sheets, that
hung in the store windows afterwards.

A few days after 911 a visitor came from Albany and we were walking around the island. Stealth fighters were overhead and it was an haunting feeling.

It took ages to returnn to "normal" life and maybe we never did.

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