Sunday, November 12, 2006

NYC Plane Crash Victims Get New Memorial

Article in today's New York Times -- NYC Plane Crash Victims Get New Memorial, by the Associated Press:

Bells tolled in a beachfront neighborhood Sunday as families clutching red roses and photographs gathered to read the names of loved ones killed five years ago in the crash of American Airlines Flight 587.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg gathered with relatives of the 260 people killed aboard the airliner and the five killed on the ground, in the nation's second deadliest air accident, to dedicate a memorial wall bearing the victims' names.

''It is a place to which we can always return to read the names of those we lost five years ago, to share our sorrow and our memories, and to contemplate the eternal beauty and grandeur of the skies and the seas,'' Bloomberg said Sunday.

A firefighter and a police officer rang bells at 9:16 a.m., the time the plane crashed just minutes after it took off from Kennedy Airport for a flight to the Dominican Republic.


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