OSSINING, N.Y. Memorial services that have been planned to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks include a waterfront service in Ossining, a service at Briarcliff's main fire house, and services in Ossining schools.
"This is an emotional week. I can tell you first hand that emotions come pouring back every year at this time," said Ossining Deputy Fire Chief Donald Farrell, who has a brother-in-law and a friend in the New York City fire department. "This is an ongoing tragedy. There are still people who are getting sick from being down (at Ground Zero), people who are going to die as very young people."
To commemorate 9/11, the Village of Ossining, the Town of Ossining, and the Village of Briarcliff will be hosting an interfaith memorial service at 5 p.m. on Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church at 34 South Highland Ave. The service will be followed by a procession to the Louis Engel Waterfront Park at 6:15 p.m., and then a candlelight ceremony waterfront service at 7 p.m.
"The service will honor all who died on Sept. 11, 2011, and will commemorate the brave service of all police, fire and other emergency personnel on that day and in the months following the tragedy," Ossining officials said in a press release.
At Ossining schools, students will recognize the anniversary of 9/11 on Friday by planting a Remembrance Tree and installing a Reflection Bench made from fallen trees donated by a local tree company, Tony Evergreen Tree.
"The Ossining School District along with the entire nation will pay tribute to the fallen heroes, courageous individuals and groups, and commitment to democracy re-inspired by the events surrounding September 11th, 2001," school officials wrote in a press release.
In Briarcliff, the fire department and Policeman's Benevolent Association will be holding a 9/11 memorial service on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the main firehouse at 1111 Pleasantville Rd.
"We encourage all residents of Briarcliff to come and attend our memorial service as we pay tribute to the loved ones lost on that tragic day," said Briarcliff Fire Chief Michael King in a press release.
In addition to the Ossining and Briarcliff 9/11 events, there will be a county-wide 9/11 candlelight memorial ceremony on Sunday at 6 p.m. at The Rising, the county's 9/11 memorial at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.
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