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

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

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.

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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

In Rockland, this memorial garden is a spot for the Hudson Valley to reflect and remember those who died in the attack. The garden contains two plaques, benches for visitors to sit and pay respects, and a piece of World Trade Center steel donated by the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

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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.

 

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Croton-on-Hudson, Croton Landing Park

There will be a tri-municipal ceremony for Croton-on-Hudson, Buchanan, and Cortland at 4  p.m. at the “Reaching Through the Shadow” monument.

Fishkill, Van Wyck Hall

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

Goshen, Orange County Arboretum

This Orange County town remembers those lost at Thomas Bull Memorial Park at 6 p.m. with a procession.

 

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Haverstraw, Haverstraw Bay County Park

Families of those lost on 9/11 will read the names of the victims at this annual ceremony that starts at 8:30 a.m. in Rockland County.

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.

Mount Kisco, Firehouse on Green Street

The National Tunnel to Towers 9/11 mobile exhibit will be in Mount Kisco this weekend on Saturday and Sunday for the public to view artifacts from the Twin Towers.

West Nyack, Hamlet Green and Firefighter Memorial Park

The town of Nyack hosts the grand opening ceremony of the Hamlet Green and Firefighter Memorial Park from 12-3 p.m. on Sunday, September 10.

Rye, Locust Avenue Firehouse

This city’s annual memorial ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m.

Suffern, Village Hall

This public ceremony will be held outside of Village Hall at 7 p.m. and include a candlelit vigil followed by a barbecue.

Valhalla, The 9/11 Memorial, Kensico Dam Plaza

Join in this period of remembrance at 3 p.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 8:30 a.m. service at the city’s 9/11 memorial for a wreath laying and placement of flower bouquets.

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

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