Just weeks before the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, vandals recently violated one of the most sacred patches of Queens: the Tribute Park 9/11 Memorial in Rockaway Park.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) seethed in a statement released Monday.
“What an absolute disgraceful act of vandalism at Beach 116th Street’s 9/11 Tribute Park memorial. A crime like this would be horrific during anytime of the year, but being so close to the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks makes this especially painful, not only for the residents of the area, but for everyone who lost a loved one on that day. I offer my support to the 100th Precinct and the NYC Parks Department in their efforts in apprehending those responsible for this disrespectful crime.”
Each year a solemn ceremony is organized at Tribute Park to honor the 57 Rockaway Park residents who lost their lives in Downtown Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001.