DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- In honor of the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, there will be various ceremonies and events around the villages this weekend. Whether you want to take part in a small ceremony or a more elaborate one, there are several different honorary events coming up.
-- On Friday there will be a concert in Hastings at Fulton Park in remembrance of celebration and peace. The concert is scheduled to run from 6-8 p.m.
-- Westchester County will hold a ceremony at 6 p.m. on Sunday at the county's 9/11 memorial, The Rising, located at the Kensico Dam Plaza, in Valhalla. County Executive Rob Astorino, other elected officials and families of the 111 Westchester County residents who died that day are expected to attend. The event will include a candle lighting ceremony to honor those that were lost during the tragedy 10 years ago.
The annual event will be held during twilight hours in order to allow residents to attend other 9/11 memorials being held around the county.
-- In Hastings there will be what Mayor Peter Swiderski described on the village website as a "low-key, dignified ceremony" at Fulton Park on Sunday at 8:45 a.m. The ceremony is done at this time to coincide with when the first plane struck the World Trade Center according to Swiderksi's message.
-- Dobbs Ferry will have a ceremony at the Waterfront Park in observation of 10th anniversary of 9/11. The ceremony will start at 7 p.m. with opening remarks and introductions from Dobbs Ferry Fire Chief James Trezza. Department Chaplain Tim Scannell will follow with the invocation and then Mayor Hartley Connett will offer his remarks. There will also be reflections, a presentation of the wreath with members from fire department, police department and the volunteer ambulance corp. To close out the ceremony there will be a playing of taps, a musical arrangement on bagpipe and a closing prayer by Chaplain Scannell.
After the main ceremony, members of the fire department will gather at the plaque and tree that was planted in remembrance of Douglas Miller, a former Dobbs Ferry and FDNY firefighter who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11, for a short ceremony.
-- A steel artifact from the World Trade Center arrived at the Greenburgh Town Hall this week and it will be displayed permanently at the People's 9/11 Memorial Wall on the lawn of Presser Park in Hartsdale this Sunday. Starting at 10 a.m., there will be a rededication of the memorial wall, which is composed of 1,800 mosaic tiles designed by local children and residents. Fifth grade students from Richard J. Bailey Elementary School will be on hand to sing a few songs as well.
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