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Posted on: September 9, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Orange County to shine twin beams on Saturday for 9/11 tribute

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Goshen, N.Y. – The Orange County Emergency Services Center, located at 22 Wells Farm Road in Goshen, will shine twin beams on Saturday as a tribute to those lost during the 9/11 terrorist attacks 20 years ago. The beams will be on at dusk on 9/11 and remain lit throughout the evening.

“These lights are a small but powerful way for the County to honor our own 44 residents and all those who were lost on 9/11,” Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said. “They will serve as a tribute to their memories, and to the resiliency and spirit of their families and all County residents. Orange County will always remember and honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.”

The County will also host its September 11th Patriot Day ceremony, which will be held at the Orange County Arboretum at Thomas Bull Memorial Park on Saturday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m. As part of the program, County Executive Neuhaus and other guests will read short biographies about the 44 Orange County residents who lost their lives that day. Bill Bratton and his wife Mary lost their 23-year-old daughter, Michelle Renee Bratton, on September 11th, 2001. Michelle Bratton, a Pine Bush High School graduate, was working as an executive assistant in the eSpeed Division of Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of Tower One on 9/11. 

Families and survivors of 9/11, families of local military personnel, and veterans are invited to participate in the remembrance ceremony and join the procession by assembling at the Arboretum’s Ottaway Education Center at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The procession will begin at 5:55 p.m. followed promptly by the ceremony.

For information about other 9/11 ceremonies throughout Orange County, please visit