Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Roosevelt Island Remembers 9/11 NYC World Trade Center Towers Attack, 17 Years Ago Today

Today is the 17th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and the downing of Flight 93 in Shanksville Pennsylvania.
Here's what the World Trade Center attacks looked like from Roosevelt Island on September 11, 2001 (from Main Street Wire).

 Main Street Wire Image of 9/11 Smoke Burning From World Trade Center by Vicki Feinmel/Linda Heimer

Below is the Roosevelt Island 9/11 Remembrance Garden

and the plaque in the Remembrance Garden that honors 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.

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson wrote yesterday:
Consider visiting the Survivor's Tree on Roosevelt Island as part of tomorrow's 9/11 commemoration activities.

The tree is found behind Good Shepherd Plaza, 543 Main Street, where a plaque memorializes both residents and members of the FDNY Special Operations Command, stationed here on Roosevelt Island, that died during the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center September 11, 2001.

The Roosevelt Island tree was a sapling gift - from the citizens of Oklahoma City - from the original Survivor Tree, the 100-year-old elm that stood in the middle of a parking lot, surrounded by concrete and cars, outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

While some folks enjoyed parking under the limited shade of its limbs, others thought it was an eyesore. Not much went into caring for this tree — until it was the only thing left standing after the terrorist truck bombing.

On April 19, 1995, a 4,000-pound bomb exploded at the federal building, killing 168 people, injuring hundreds and destroying multiple buildings. But this tree, amid the explosion and fires, survived.

It was almost cut down to recover evidence embedded in its trunk and limbs, but the community, survivors and rescue workers all came together to protect the tree as a symbol of resilience. Today, the tree thrives as part of a national memorial, surrounded by special features that protect and highlight it.

The Survivor Trees, in both Oklahoma City and Roosevelt Island, stand as a living reminder of survival and rebirth.
This morning, Roosevelt Island's local NYPD 114 precinct
remembered 9/11.
We'll always remember

and honor those who died

and protect us.