For the first time in nearly two decades, September 11 will be marked in Westchester not with solemn, personal ceremonies and community vigils, but with socially distant, virtual ceremonies. Here’s where you can tune-in this year to help honor those lost in the World Trade Center attacks.
Normally held at The Rising installation in the Kensico Dam Plaza, this year the county’s official 9/11 remembrance proceedings will be streamed virtually through the county’s Facebook page. The ceremony will still take place at 3 p.m., and will feature the reading of names of those who died in the attacks or after of 9/11-related illnesses.
The town of Eastchester will hold it’s annual morning memorial service at 8:35 a.m. in the Town Hall lobby.
Town residents are sharing their stories on public access TV, and the interviews are all available to stream online. The segments will also air on Optimum channel 76 and Verizon channel 35 all day Friday and through the weekend.
Eschewing its annual tri-town ceremony this year, Mamaroneck is encouraging residents to join together in an act of solidarity from their front porches, shining a flashlight beam (or two) up into the sky together at 7:30 p.m. in memory of the fallen towers.
The Ossining Fire Department is expected to still host its remembrance ceremony along the waterfront at Louis Engel Park this year, but the service will be closed except to members of the department, local officials, and their families. A streaming component has not yet been announced.
As is tradition, six flags will fly at City Hall to commemorate the six White Plains residents who died on September 11, 2001. A virtual ceremony will be also held at 8 a.m., available for viewing online or on television on FIOS channel 47 or Optimum channel 75. This year White Plains Mayor Tom Roach will deliver a special message from the city, before the traditional laying of wreaths and solemn reflections and memories. The City of White Plains is also once again partnering with the American Red Cross in a blood drive to be held at the Thomas H. Slater Center from 1 p.m. until 5 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.
The city will hold a virtual morning ceremony from the Yonkers 9/11 Waterfront Memorial on Water Grant St featuring local elected officials and the families of 9/11 victims. The ceremony can be viewed from Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano’s Facebook page.
The town will hold a commemorative event at the Yorktown 9/11 Monument near John C. Hart Memorial Library in Shrub Oak. Guests can tune in live through the town’s Facebook page.
Once again, Volunteer New York! is hosting a bevy of community projects throughout Westchester County as part of its Serve + Remember campaign. Events are being held remotely this year, and include activities such as mask making, crafting cards to send to deployed service members, and tons of food pantry drop-offs.