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9/11 Memorials and Events in the Hudson Valley Honor Those Lost

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Honor the memory of the victims of September 11, 2001 at these moving dedications and gatherings throughout the Hudson Valley.

By Zarah Kavarana, with additional reporting from Matt Moment and Sabrina Sucato

It’s difficult to process the number of years that have passed since the September 11 attacks, especially over two decades later. In honor of the heroes and neighbors lost amid that tragedy, we’ve compiled a list of notable sites and organized memorial events where you can pay your respects in the Hudson Valley.

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Memorials

9/11 Memorial Park, Poughkeepsie

The memorial, which features two steel beams collected from the rubble of the World Trade Center, was erected at Civic Center Plaza in 2014. Surrounding it are cement benches and two maple trees, one of which is dedicated to fallen Poughkeepsie firefighter Timothy Gunther, a 21-year-old who died from a heart attack while responding to a local fire in May 2015.

Rockland County September 11 Memorial, West Haverstraw

Nestled within the Haverstraw Bay Park, a steel I-beam from the World Trade Center hails above two giant marble slabs, engraved with the names of all 81 Rockland resident victims.

Ulster Hose 9-11 Memorial, Kingston

A 3,300-lb steel piece from the remains of the towers is the focus of this memorializing monument. It’s surrounded by bricks engraved with the names of the 343 fallen firefighters who selflessly put their lives on the line to help others during the attacks, as well as replicas of the Twin Towers to represent the 110 World Trade Center floors. Plaques have been added more recently naming FDNY members who have since died due to 9/11-related illnesses.

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Putnam Heroes Memorial Monument, Carmel

Within Carmel’s Spain Cornerstone Park, you’ll find a modest stone and marble structure dedicated to the eight Putnam residents who died during the attacks, as well as first responders who’ve passed from related illnesses.

Columbia County September 11 Memorial, Valatie

A service project initiated by Valatie and Kinderhook Girl Scouts, the memorial is comprised of two tile-covered towers with the names of all uniformed personnel who died in the attack, as well as illustrations created by community members.

Orange County Arboretum 9/11 Memorial Garden, Montgomery

The 9/11 Remembrance Walkway and Garden is located within the 35-acre Orange County Arboretum, which features a rotating granite earth sculpture at the center. Around it, bronze plaques list the names of all 44 Orange County residents who died in the attack.

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9/11 Memorial Garden, Suffern

Located at Rockland Community College, the memorial garden is a spot for the Hudson Valley to reflect and remember those who died in the attack. At the center of the park lies “Spirit Rising,” a sculpture by Eric David Laxman that incorporates steel remnants from the World Trade Center site.

Related: 20 Years After 9/11: Hudson Valleyites Remember the Day

Events

Beacon, Beacon Elks Lodge No. 1493

A memorial service begins at 11 a.m. at the lodge.

Carmel, Spain Cornerstone Park

This candlelight vigil is a beautiful way to commemorate those lost while surrounded by a sense of community. The vigil will begin at the Putnam Heroes Memorial at 7 p.m.

Clarkstown, Town Hall

A memorial service begins at 5 p.m. at Town Hall.

Croton-on-Hudson, The 9/11 Remembrance Memorial

There will be a tri-municipal ceremony for Croton-on-Hudson, Buchanan, and Cortlandt from 1-1:30 p.m., including a procession, moment of silence, and ringing of the bell.

Deerpark, Town Hall

At 8:30 a.m., a tribute will begin, with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Afterward, refreshments will be served.

Fishkill, Van Wyck Hall

This 9/11 memorial service will be held at 8:30 a.m.

Glenmont, First Responders Honor Garden

All are invited to this “special ceremony with prayer, respect, and honor” at 7 p.m.

Goshen, 939 Pulaski Highway

This Orange County town remembers those lost with a full day of live music, food, and beverages.

 

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Haverstraw, Haverstraw Bay County Park

This memorial ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m., but attendees are well-advised to arrive 15 minutes early. Those unable to attend in-person may stream the event via the Rockland County Government Facebook page.

Kingston, Firemen’s Park

This gathering begins at 8:30 a.m. with a ceremony scheduled for 8:46 a.m.

LaGrange, Stringham Park

This ceremony will start at 8:30 a.m., and is organized collaboratively by community members, the LaGrange Fire Department, and the LaGrange Sunrise Rotary.

Larchmont & Mamaroneck, Girl Scout Rock, Memorial Park

Join in this commemoration by the town and Village of Mamaroneck as well as the Village of Larchmont at 5 p.m.

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Montgomery, Orange County Arboretum, Thomas Bull Memorial Park

This ceremony begins at 5:55 p.m. in the park.

New Rochelle, American Legion Post 8

This 7 p.m. ceremony will honor those lost with a candlelight vigil, song, and prayer.

North Castle, Wampus Brook Park Gazebo

A memorial ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.

 

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Nyack, Memorial Park

The annual Hometown Heroes Remembrance will occur from 6:30-7 p.m.

Rye, Locust Avenue Firehouse

This city’s annual memorial ceremony begins at 3 p.m.

Stony Point, Town Hall

Join in this candlelight memorial ceremony at 7 p.m.

Suffern, Village Hall

This public ceremony will be held outside of Village Hall at 2 p.m.

 

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Valhalla, The 9/11 Memorial, Kensico Dam Plaza

Join in this period of remembrance at 3 p.m.

Wallkill, Veterans Memorial Park

A memorial service will be held at 9 a.m.

Wappinger, Sergeant Mark C. Palmateer 9/11 Memorial Park

This ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. in the park.

White Plains, Liberty Park

Join in this 9 a.m. service at the city’s 9/11 memorial.

Related: Former Editor Shares Her Memories of September 11, 2001

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