On July 17, 1996, TWA's Flight 800 from New York City to Paris went down about 13 miles offshore of Fire Island, just south of Smith Point County Park. To honor those who were aboard the plane—230 people from 14 countries, all of whom were killed—a small plot of land within Smith Point County Park was dedicated for a memorial to commemorate the tragic event. The Families of TWA Flight 800 Association raised the funds for the memorial.
The memorial is accessible just to the east of the Smith Point County Park pavilion at the end of William Floyd Parkway on Fire Island. It is within walking distance of Fire Island National Seashore's Wilderness Visitor Center.