Flight 587 Memorial Service (Updated x 2)

A memorial service this morning in Rockaway marked the 13th anniversary of the crash of American Airlines Flight #587.

Update #2 – Full Report:

Here’s our full report on the memorial service, de Blasio’s late arrival and his explanation.

Update – de Blasio Responds:

Mayor de Blasio was asked about his late arrival several times at an unrelated afternoon press conference.  Additionally, his office put out a statement that “Mayor de Blasio traveled to the ceremony by boat this morning and the boat was delayed due to heavy fog.”  Here’s what he had to say this afternoon:

Moment of Silence:

The service began with a moment of silence at the precise time of the crash.  Mayor de Blasio had not yet arrived, but the program proceeded without him.