Westchester's 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at The Rising

09/11 Westchester’s 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at The Rising 7 PM

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WHITE PLAINS, NY — In a solemn ceremony Friday night, Westchester County paid tribute to those who died in the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, including 111 Westchester residents and 12 former residents.County Executive Robert P. Astorino presided over the 14th anniversary ceremony that took place at The Rising, the county’s 9/11 memorial at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

“Elie Wiesel, the writer, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor, said: ‘The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. The opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference,’” Astorino said. “Our presence here today is a statement that we are not indifferent.”

An estimated 500 family members and residents attended the ceremony.   

14th Anniversary Remembrance

9/11 Memorial Ceremony

Friday, September 11, 2015 – 7 p.m.

Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Welcome Remarks

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 

Lt. Anthony L. Willsea Cadet Squadron:

South Eastern Group Honor Guard and Phantom Regimental Drill Team

9/11 Family Member, Ester DiNardo

National Anthem 

The Ursuline School Choir led by Jean Boehler

Accompanist: Dr. Laurie AdamoRicigliano


Hon. Michael Kaplowitz, Chairman, County Board of Legislators 

Hon. Robert P. Astorino, Westchester County Executive

Reading of the Names

9/11 Family Members and Elected Officials

Ava Maria 

James McCarthy 

Pleasantville High School


Reverend Erwin Lee Trollinger

Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church and 

President, Ministers’ Fellowship Conference of White Plains and vicinity

Al ShloshaD’varim

The Ursuline School Choir led by Jean Boehler

Viewing of The Rising and Circle of Remembrance

Star Spangled Banner

Arranged by: Russell Robinxon

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,

O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Ava Maria 

Arrangedby: Franz Schubert

Al ShloshaD’varim

Arranged by: Allan Naplan