By Paul Lomax
Special to DNAinfo
MANHATTAN — One hundred years ago, a love story unfolded in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.
As water poured into the doomed vessel, Isidor gave up his spot on a lifeboat because women and children were on board. Ida gave up hers because she did not want to live her husband's side.
They died together that night.
On Sunday, nearly two hundred people packed into the tiny Upper West Side park named in their honor to attend a moving ceremony dedicated to their sacrifice.
Brett Gladstone, the great, great grandson of the wealthy couple, spoke of the selflessness that tragic night that helped saves the lives of many people.
"I'm deeply honored to here today," said Gladstone, a lawyer who lives in San Francisco, Calif. "It's touching to know that people all over the world still find this story important.
"They had a wonderful life together and their love will live on forever. It's an heroic story about undying love, chivalry, honor and of course romance."
During the event, he spoke about the Straus family history and fondly recounted the last moments of his great, great grandparents.
Residents lit candles and listened to music that was played on the doomed vessel, including "Nearer My God to Thee" — supposedly the last hymn played before the ship sank — and also saw two "Redbud" trees planted in the southeast corner of the park.
"The trees are from Oklahoma and they are always the first trees to blossom every spring," said Joseph Arbo, 57, a resident who planted the trees. "We picked them because they have heart shaped leaves and they'll hopefully be here for the next one hundred (100) years."