Sixteen years after the attacks, Westchester is choosing to honor the victims of September 11, 2001 in beautiful ways. Memorials will be held throughout the day, and county administration has worked to offer numerous projects and efforts for those looking to give back to our communities. Bellow are just some of the events and ways you can join the community in paying homage to the lives that were lost and give back to those who sacrificed to save others.
The towns of Buchanan, Cortlandt, and Croton-on-Hudson will join together again this year for a joint ceremony at Croton Landing, just off Route 9. The site’s memorial, “Reaching Through the Shadow,” was dedicated in 2016, and functions as a working sundial marketing the pivotal hours of the tragedy between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The memorial ceremony will be held just as procession begins, and shuttle service to the site is available. For more information, call the Croton-on-Hudson Village Manager’s office at 914.271.4848
The town of Eastchester will hold it’s annual morning memorial service at 8:35 a.m. in the Town Hall lobby. All are welcome.
A service will be held at “Girl Scout Rock” in Memorial Park featuring representatives from Mamaroneck and Larchmont fire, police, and ambulance services, as well as first responders, veterans, clergy, local officials, and Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops.
The town will hold its annual service at the Mount Kisco Volunteer Fire Department 9/11 Memorial at 100 Main St.
The Ossining Fire Department will host a remembrance ceremony along the waterfront beginning at 7 p.m. Residents of both Ossining and Briarcliff will be in attendance, along with the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department, Ossining Police, Ossining Volunteer Ambulence Corps, and various village and town officials.
Westchester’s annual memorial service will be held at The Rising installation in the Kensico Dam Plaza at 3 p.m., honoring 123 Westchesterites who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Just last year, eleven additional names were added to the open structure, commemorating the first responders who died due to 9/11-related illnesses in the preceding 16 years.
Six flags will fly at City Hall to commemorate the six White Plains residents who died on September 11, 2001. A ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. at Lake Street’s Liberty Park including a flag raising, laying of wreaths, and solemn reflection. The City of White Plains is also partnering with the American Red Cross in a blood drive to be held at City Hall from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. They’d live to remind residents that a single pint of blood can save up to three lives, and is a wonderful way to give back to others.
Once again, Volunteer New York! is hosting a bevy of community projects at County Center in White Plains and throughout Westchester County. Events range from food, blood, and diaper drives to hurricane relief, military care packages, local gardening, and even playing games at local senior centers.
It may not feel as personal as volunteering your time, but many organizations wouldn’t survive without private donations. Local groups provide critical services, like the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation, which helps provide transportation to firefighters, their families, and department personnel to and from medical institutions, as well as during funerary services. Because groups like the FFTF are entirely non-profit and made up of volunteers, donations are the only thing that allow them to continue their work.