On September 11, Westchester County pays tribute to those we lost 20 years prior with solemn, personal ceremonies and community vigils. Here’s where you can go to help honor those lost in the World Trade Center attacks.
The town’s official ceremony will be held at Webb Field in Richard Presser Park on Central Ave in Hartsdale, with several local schools in attendance to help educate students too young to remember the September 11 attacks themselves. Greenburgh will also air its 9-11 Living History interviews on public access television (Optimum channel 76 and FiOS 35) all weekend, which you can also view online on demand.
A remembrance ceremony will be held at City Hall Plaza.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer will join families of those lost on September 11 at The Rising memorial in Kensico Dam Plaza to unveil a new memorial dedicated to local first responders who died because of 9/11-related illnesses. The event will be private for family and friends of those lost, with a public unveiling at the official county memorial service the next day.
The City of White Plains hosts two blood drives, from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at 2 Fisher Court and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ethical Cultural Center of Westchester. Both drives are hosted by the Thomas H. Slater Center, and precede the city’s official memorial services the next day.
After last year’s virtual ceremony, the county’s official 20th anniversary 9/11 memorial will once again take place at The Rising installation in Kensico Dam Plaza. The event, which includes remarks, music, and a reading of the names of those lost — as well as the public unveiling of the new first responders memorial — will be also streamed live through the county’s Facebook page.
A public ceremony will be held at Ardsley Firehouse on Ashford Ave. It will include the Pledge of Allegiance, the ringing the firehouse bell, and a benediction, followed by a small procession to Firefighter Square Park. Time will be allotted at both locations for anyone who wishes to speak.
The towns of Croton-on-Hudson and Cortlandt and the Village of Buchanan will host their annual tri-municipal memorial ceremony once again this year at the 9/11 memorial sculpture at Croton Landing. For an early morning commemoration, the sculpture, utilizing a steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center, functions as a sun dial, marking spots along the ground at the precise times of significant moments from September 11, 2001.
Zion Episcopal Church on Cedar St will host a memorial vigil with lights, bells, photos, and items from victims.
The Town of Eastchester will hold its traditional morning memorial service at 8:35 a.m. in the Town Hall lobby in honor of the nine town residents and all others lost.
The twin communities return to their pre-pandemic traditional ceremony at Girl Scout Rock in Memorial Park this year.
A public ceremony will be held at 6:15 p.m. at the 9/11 memorial on Main St, adjacent to the Mount Kisco Public Library.
A remembrance ceremony will be held at Gedney Park on Millwood Rd.
The town’s memorial will take place at the gazebo in Wampus Brook Park.
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.
Pelham PD, Pelham FD, and American Legion Pelham Post 50 will host a public ceremony at the Pelham 9/11 Memorial on Pelham Ave. at 8:30 a.m.
The Pelham Art Center is also currently displaying the installation GESTURE by Manju Shandler, commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The exhibit features nearly 3,000 individual paintings representing each of the lives lost. The gallery will hold silent group meditation from noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 11. The event is free and open to the public.
Head to the Pound Ridge Fire Station on Westchester Ave for the PRFD observance ceremony at 11 a.m.
The Rye Fire Department will also be holding an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Locust Ave Firehouse.
As is tradition, six flags will fly at City Hall to commemorate the six White Plains residents who died on September 11, 2001. White Plains Mayor Tom Roach will deliver a special message from the city, along with County Executive George Latimer and District Attorney Mimi Rocah, before the traditional laying of wreaths and solemn reflections and memories. This year, the city will also join with 60 other communities across the country, as volunteers from the White Plains Youth Bureau’s Social Justice for Youth Community Youth Court read names of victims while displaying a 9/11 Flag of Honor, an American flag bearing the names of all 2,983 known killed in the attacks, which has already appeared at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in NYC and will now hang in the White Plains City Hall rotunda.
The city will hold two ceremonies for local residents, the first beginning early at the 9/11 Memorial on the Yonkers waterfront at 8:30 a.m. A second memorial will be held at Conor Park on Central Ave in the evening at 7:30 p.m.
The town will unveil its 20th anniversary 9/11 mural at the Shrub Oak Memorial Pavilion at 4:30 p.m. A separate illumination ceremony will also be held in Mohegan Lake at Granite Knolls Park at 8 p.m.
The Bedford Playhouse will host town resident and author Bill Groner for a discussion of his Amazon bestselling nonfiction account of the rescue and relief efforts in New York City, 9/12: The Epic Battle of the Ground Zero Responders. Tickets are $20 ($17 for BPH members).
Once again, Volunteer New York! hosts a bevy of community projects throughout Westchester County as part of its Serve + Remember campaign from September 9 through 12. Events include virtual webinars, park clean-up shifts, making literacy kits, blankets for Project Linus, or cards for active military at Iona College or Westchester Community College, and more.
Regional 9/11 support organization Tuesday’s Children also hosts “Rise Up and Remember,” a 9/11 virtual 5K this week, from September 10 through 12. Walk or run on your own or as part of one of the group’s in-person meet-ups to raise funding to help the families of 9/11 victims and other victims of violence.