Flight 587 Remembered 19 Years Later


 It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years since American Airlines Flight 587 came crashing down in Belle Harbor, killing all 260 on board and five neighbors on the ground, including Helen and Thomas Concannon, Kathleen and Christopher Lawler and Franco Pomponio. But those touched hardest by this tragedy, will never forget. On Thursday, November 12, friends, family and elected officials gathered at the Flight 587 memorial on Beach 116th Street to remember those lost that day, 19 years ago.

Despite the cold, rainy weather and the coronavirus pandemic altering arrangements for the day, there was no deterrent that could keep the families from remembering their fallen loved ones. A crowd gathered by the Flight 587 Tribute for a ceremony that included the tolling of the bells to mark a moment of silence, the reading of the names of all 265 victims and remarks by Eligio Jáquez, the Dominican Consul of the City of New York and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“We know the pain never goes away, but we do feel the comfort of each other. We do feel the support of each other. And we do know that memory is powerful and all our loved ones, they're watching right now, they're feeling our love and we will never forget them,” De Blasio said. “We will never forget the passengers of Flight 587.”

At the end of the ceremony, families shared memories and tears as they placed flowers along the memorial wall, next to their family members’ names.

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By Katie McFadden