|Smith Point County Park (at the beach)|
New York USA
Postal Code: 11967
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
On July 17, 1996, TWA Flight 800, heading for Europe, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean along the south shore of Long Island claiming all 230 lives on board.
The curved black granite memorial has all 230 names engraved on one side and an illustration on the other of a wave releasing 230 seagulls into the sky.
The memorial includes a spiral-shaped garden with more than 6,000 plants and a 12-foot-high black granite wall etched with the victims' names.
An abbreviated account of the crash is engraved in panels throughout the garden. A concrete walk is also etched with messages from families to their lost loved ones.
The TWA Flight 800 International Memorial was dedicated in a 2-acre parcel immediately adjoining the main pavilion at the park on July 14, 2004. Funds for the memorial were raised by the Families of TWA Flight 800 Association. The memorial includes landscaped grounds, flags from the 14 countries of the victims and is located at Smith Point County Park in Shirley, NY on Long Island, overlooking the site of the crash.
In July 2006, the association added an abstract design of a 10-foot high lighthouse in black granite designed by Harry Edward Seaman who had lost a cousin in the crash. The lighthouse sits above a tomb holding many of the victims' personal belongings.
Please note - the remains of all 230 passengers and crew were recovered. Memorials created should either be the known final location of remains or a known cenotaph marker. There should be no Burial Location Unknown; Lost At Sea; or Body Lost or Destroyed designations.