Brooklyn, NY – While the NYPD is planning what may be its first official funeral to include Chinese customs, city residents of all demographics are planning on paying their respects to Officer Wenjian Liu, including what many hope will be a large showing from New York’s Jewish community.
Officer Wenjian Liu’s funeral will take place at 11 AM Sunday morning with a procession that will pass through the outer edge of Borough Park as it makes its way to the Aiveoli Funeral Home in Bensonhurst on 65th Street between 12th and 13th Avenues.
Community viewing areas have been set up to accommodate the many New Yorkers who plan to pay their respects to Officer Liu, with Chief Owen Monaghan of NYPD’s Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, designating the area of 65th Street and 14th Avenue in Borough Park as part of the funeral procession, as requested by Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
“Officers Ramos and Liu were ambushed just ten to fifteen minutes from Borough Park,” Assemblyman Hikind told VIN News. “I think this is an incredible opportunity to show hakaras hatov and support, to be there at a time when many police officers are having a difficult time.”
Hikind issued a call this past Monday requesting that the Jewish community turn out on Sunday. Several community groups including Shomrim, Chesed, Chesed Shel Emes, Mekimi, Chaveirim, Yad Efraim and Misaskim have announced that they will be present at the funeral.
“I know everyone has been working on getting people out to show support,” said Yanky Meyer of Misaskim.
Senator Simcha Felder acknowledged that the funeral was an appropriate time to show both gratitude and respect to the NYPD.
This is taking place right at our doorstep and I can’t think of a better opportunity to show support to the police and to send a clear message to the police and their families that we want the respect and support that has been in place for the last 20 years to continue,” said Felder.
Councilman Chaim Deutsch noted that Officer Liu chose his career with an eye towards public service, not personal glory or gain.
“We are fortunate to reside in the safest, largest city in the nation and that is the work of our men and women in blue,” said Deutsch. “We need to show a united front to respect Detective Wenjian Liu for being executed for a job he chose to protect the lives of every citizen of New York City.”
A spokesperson at the funeral home said that the service will include Buddhist traditions as well as the pomp and finery of full NYPD honors and is expected to continue until 1:10 PM. The procession will then make its way to the Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn, a location chosen by a feng shui expert, as reported in the New York Times.
City Hall and the City Council unveiled a joint plan on Wednesday to name two city streets after the slain officers, with each of the detective’s home blocks to bear their names. Legislation to co-name Brooklyn’s Ridgewood Avenue between Shepherd Avenue and Highland Place “Detective Rafael Ramos Way” and West 6th Street between Avenues S and T “Detective Wenjian Liu Way” will be introduced and voted on by the City Council at their second meeting to be held later this month.
“Our fallen heroes will never be forgotten,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a written statement. “Their memory lives on in their families and in the NYPD family. And now it will live on in the streets of the communities these brave men lived in and protected.”