Westchester's 15th Anniversary of 9/11 Ceremonies and Volunteer Opportunities

Here’s how you can donate your time, or take a moment to reflect, in remembrance of those lost

For most of us, time stood still on the morning of September 11, 2001. Our future, let alone means of recuperating from the devastation wrought after two planes crashed into Manhattan’s World Trade Center towers, was entirely uncertain. Yet, over the ensuing 15 years, we’ve demonstrated that we’re capable of healing together. This weekend, as we all look toward Sunday’s sobering anniversary, there will be several events and volunteer opportunities throughout Westchester dedicated to our nation’s day of remembrance, including—but not limited to—the following gatherings and good-will efforts. 

Photo by Bo Gehring

“The Rising”​ memorial at Kenscio Dam Plaza. 

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“The Rising” Ceremony

Located in Valhalla’s Kensico Dam Plaza, “The Rising” features engraved acknowledgments of, and testimonials, to, county residents we lost on 9/11. The structure is open to the public anytime during park hours for personal reflection, and the county will also host a formal public ceremony on-site this Sunday at 7 pm.


15th Annual Joe Riverso Memorial Football Game

Since 2002, Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains has dedicated their football team’s first home game to the life of Joe R. Riverso, a White Plains native, Iona College graduate, and former Stepinac football coach who died on 9/11. The pre-game ceremony this Friday, September 9, will be attended by community members who knew Riverso as a friend, family member, colleague, and mentor. The high school will also take time to honor alumni police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical workers.

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Volunteer Your Time

Tarrytown-based Volunteer New York! is encouraging all county residents to participate in one of their numerous blood-donation, meal-preparation, clothing-creation, and clean-up efforts (among other organized events) across Westchester as a tribute to the empathetic spirit we all showed following 9/11. However much time you have available, there’s a perfect opportunity to contribute


Join Croton, Cortlandt, and Buchanan in Remembrance

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On Sunday at 2 pm, members of these three communities will gather at Croton Landing in Croton-on-Hudson to observe the recently erected “Reaching Through The Shadow” memorial, which will be officially dedicated at this year‘s ceremony. The James Rhodes and Lauren Davis-designed homage incorporates a steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center site that acts as a sundial calibrated toward Ground Zero. There will also be a shuttle to transport attendees to and from the parking area. 


Learn CPR

As their way of commemorating this milestone September 11 National Day of Service and Rememberance, the Rye Professional Firefighters Local 2029 is holding a free course on Sunday at 11 am. The intention of this second-annual instruction is to serve as a powerful reminder of the bravery and commitment our nation’s first responders displayed 15 years ago this Sunday.


Our Healthcare Heroes Awards event takes place on May 9!

Our Westchester Home Builders Awards take place on April 4!

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum is March 14!

Unveiled: A Boutique Bridal Brunch is February 25!

Our Best of Westchester Elimination Ballot is open through March 6!

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