September 11, 2001 Remembered: 15th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony

County Executive Robert P. Astorino invites the public to attend Westchester County’s 9/11 Memorial Ceremony to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 and to honor those whose lives were lost or forever changed by the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, September 11 at “The Rising” at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla.

“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 candlelight ceremony will follow the “9/11 Day: Serve + Remember” volunteer opportunities taking place throughout the county from Friday, September 9, through Sunday, September 11. The service projects will begin on Friday, September 9 at 2 p.m. to 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 all will help support one of 40 local nonprofits and causes.

Dozens of volunteer projects will be taking place September 9-11. Learn more and register at or call (914) 948-4452. To sign up for the blood drive, please contact Janet Lokay at or (914) 995-2127.

Below are the full details of the event:

15th Anniversary Remembrance: 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

Sunday, September 11, 2016 – 7 p.m.

Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla



Ned McCormack, Director of Communications/Senior Advisor

Presentation of the Colors

Westchester County Department of Public Safety Ceremonial Unit

The Pipes and Drums of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester

Pledge of Allegiance

Hon. Nita Lowey, NYS Congresswoman

Laying of the Wreath

Rosaleen O’Neill, 9/11 Family Member

Lt. Anthony L. Willsea, Cadet Squadron

Mount Pleasant Girl Scouts, Troop 1172

National Anthem

Jasmine Bailey

New Rochelle Resident and Westchester Community College Student


Hon. Michael Kaplowitz, Chairman, County Board of Legislators

S.D. Rosner’s In Paradisum

Scarsdale High School Choir


Hon. Robert P. Astorino, Westchester County Executive

Reading of the Names

9/11 Family Members and Elected Officials

J.S. Bach’s Air

Scarsdale High School Orchestra


Father Chris Monturo, Saint Anthony’s of Padua, Harrison

William Byrd’s Ave Vernum Corpus

Scarsdale High School Choir and Orchestra

Amazing Grace

Scarsdale High School Choir and Orchestra

Viewing of The Rising and Circle of Remembrance

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