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Westchester Remembers 9/11 With Ceremony At 'The Rising'

Many paid their respects at last year's remembrance ceremony. Photo Credit: Westchester County Government Facebook
There are many volunteer opportunities in the days of service, from Friday to Sunday, Sept. 11. Photo Credit: Volunteer New York Facebook

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino invites the public to attend the county's 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, on Sunday, Sept. 11, honoring those whose lives were lost or forever changed by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. at "The Rising" memorial, at Valhalla's Kensico Dam. The memorial remembers the 111 Westchester County residents and dozen former residents who died that day.

"Each year we come together as one community to remember, and to honor the Westchester residents who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago," Astorino said.

"This year, on the 15th anniversary, we are reminded that although time can heal, we can never forget that fateful day."

The twilight ceremony will follow the "9/11 Day: Serve + Remember" volunteer opportunities taking place throughout the county from Friday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 11. Many of the service projects will begin on Friday, from 2-5:30 p.m. at the County Center in White Plains and will run throughout the weekend at locations across Westchester.

Organized in partnership with Volunteer New York! and Robison Oil, the theme of this year's 9/11 Day is "Service. Empathy. Unity." Many volunteer opportunities are family-friendly, and they all help support one of 40 local nonprofits and causes.

To learn more about the dozens of volunteer opportunities and register, click here or call 914-948-4452. One of the opportunities is a blood drive. To sign up for it, contact Janet Lokay at or 914-995-2127.

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