Recognizing the First Anniversary of the West Side Bike Path Attack

Blue commemorative ribbons ring a railing around the survivor tree in tribute to the victims of the 2017 bike path attack in lower Manhattan.
Commemorative ribbons ring the Survivor Tree in tribute to the victims of the 2017 attack. Photo by Jin Lee, 9/11 Memorial.

One year ago, the lower Manhattan community was shaken when a terrorist in a rented truck killed eight people and injured others on the West Side Highway bike path.

Today, visitors at the 9/11 Memorial were invited to tie commemorative ribbons around the Survivor Tree in tribute to the victims of the attack. The Survivor Tree stands on the Memorial plaza as a symbol of resilience and hope, a natural gathering place in a week burdened by acts of violence and intimidation throughout the country.

Staff members of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum also attended a memorial service hosted by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Belgium in New York to commemorate those who were killed in the Tribeca attack, including Belgian citizen Ann-Laure Decadt. The Argentinian Consulate General was present as well to pay tribute to the five tourists from Argentina who died.

The Argentinian Consulate General places flowers at the attack site on the West Side Bike Path. Photo by Jin Lee, 9/11 Memorial.

For the lower Manhattan community and visitors around the world, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is honored to act as a reminder of the triumph of human dignity over human depravity.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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