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Introduction
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Title
Flight 587 St. Francis Memorial
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Town, State
New York, NY
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ID #
1490
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Compilation Date (Initial)
November 18, 2005
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Compilation Date (Latest)
November 19, 2010
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Site Worked Last
December 03, 2010
Description
The memorial recalls and mourns passengers, crew and others who were killed when a jetliner crashed and burned. Carrying 260 souls and bound for the Dominican Republic, American Airlines Flight 587 departed New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Minutes later, it crashed into the nearby Rockaway peninsula neighborhood of Belle Harbor, Queens county, New York city. All aboard perished. Dying too were five Belle Harbor residents when the jet fell from the sky and destroyed their homes in the 9:17 AM crash, November 12, 2001. • On the grounds of the Catholic parish of St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor, New York, the remembrance is a plaque mounted on a stone, both situated near eye-level on a brick wall. Also situated atop this wall is a statue of Jesus, welcoming all. The dedication on the plaque sets the November 12, 2001, accident in the neighborhood and refers to passengers and flight crew. It names the five people on the ground, parishioners all, who died in the crash: Helen and Thomas Concannon, Kathleen and Christopher Lawler and Franco Pomponio. Unrelated, but only weeks before, the parish lost 12 members of its family when on 9/11/2001 both towers of the World Trade Center collapsed in the terrorist attacks. (See ID #1889.) • Set generally in an open space called the Prayer Garden, the memorial is defined more particularly as it is a part of a bricked plaza arrangement surrounded by evergreens and benches. The Garden, on the grounds of St. Francis, opens onto Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 129th and Beach 130th Streets. • Sponsored by the parish, the memorial was dedicated in 2003. This database includes six public monuments and memorials recalling Flight 587. See Comments and Notes, below, for specifics.
Content
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Nature's violence/accidents
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Group of common citizens/persons
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Not Applicable
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Male and Female
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Caucasian
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Not Applicable
Design
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Man-made
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Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
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Stone/Rock w/wo tablet
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Stone/rock and metal
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Average (life-size)
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Inscribed/lettered directly
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Text available, all
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Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
2700-736.1, 2700-736.2, 2700-736.3
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Design Preservation
Good
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Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
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Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Commercially available
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Fabricators/Builders
Not Applicable
Setting
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1)
Plaza arrangement
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Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
4 Satisfactory
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
5 Good
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
4 Satisfactory
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
5 Good
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
6 Very Good
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
4.8 Good (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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Not Entered
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Not Entered
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Not Entered
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Other Monuments on Site
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Satisfactory
12)
Community Group/Not For Profit
Themes
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MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
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National Historic Landmark Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
Demography
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File Number
51
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Town/City
New York
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County
Queens
4)
District
Belle Harbor
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State
NY
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Zip
11694
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Country
United States
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Latitude (GPS)
40.5758480000
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Longitude (GPS)
-73.8474830000
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Intersecting Street 1
Beach 129 St
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Intersecting Street 2
Rockaway Beach Blvd
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Additional Identifier 1
Prayer Garden
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Additional Identifier 2
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Man-made
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Religious group
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2001-current
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Compilation Date (Initial)
November 18, 2005
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19.1)
Government Materials
19.2)
Website
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Compilation Date (Latest)
November 19, 2010
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Compilation Technique (Latest)
Site Survey
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Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
SITE MAINTENANCE and SPONSOR: Religious Group -- Saint Francis de Sales Church Parish.
COMMENT: For public monuments in this database centered on American Flight 587, see ID numbers 939, 1331, 1332, 1490, 1491 and 1492.
COMMENT 2: Digitized reference materials are stored, off-line, with ID# 1332 materials.
COMMENT 3: Among many decisions crash survivors were required to make, a last and very contentious was where to inter human remains not identified or not claimed. On May 6, 2007, five-plus years following the crash, 889 such fragments, following a Catholic Mass, were placed in four coffins in a mausoleum in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York, in its Garden Conservatory. The mausoleum inscription in Spanish: “En Recuerdo de/ los fallecidos/ el 12 Noviembre de 2001/ siempre los recordaremos/ Flight 587” And in English: “In memory of/ those lost/ on November 12, 2001/ always in our thoughts/ Flight 587”



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