19 Years Later, Rockaway Never Forgets


Nineteen years later, Rockaway hasn’t forgotten. With coronavirus scaling back this year’s 9/11 ceremony at Tribute Park, the ceremony was shorter, and the crowd was smaller, but the tribute was just as powerful.

With masks on, more than 50 people gathered at the newly-renovated Tribute Park on the morning of Friday, September 11 for the annual ceremony to remember those who died that day 19 years before.

Bagpipers led a procession of firefighters who unfolded and raised the American flag for the park. This year, roses were pre-positioned around the compass of the park to prevent crowding. However, the names of the 76 locals who died that day were read out as normal. 

After the brief ceremony, the attendees dispersed and Tribute Park remained open for the day to allow people to reflect on their own time.

Photos by Katie McFadden.