Help Westchester Honor the Heroes and Victims of 9/11
Ceremonies, services, and charitable organizations are helping Westchester residents give solemn remembrance.
Courtesy Village of Buchanan
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 Rising, Valhalla – 7 p.m.
Westchester’s annual memorial service will be held at The Rising installation in the Kensico Dam Plaza at 7 p.m., honoring 123 Westchesterites who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. This year, eleven additional names will be added to the open structure, commemorating the first responders who have died due to 9/11-related illnesses in the last 16 years.
Croton Landing – 4 p.m.
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 just last year, 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 this concludes.
Larchmont & Mamaroneck – 5 p.m.
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 local officials, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, and veterans.
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, and gardening the grounds at the Montrose VA.
VNY has also partnered with the American Heart Association to offer half-hour courses in Hands Only CPR to anyone 12 years or older, and children 8 and up with an adult present.
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.