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Posted on: August 27, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Orange County to host September 11th Patriot Day Remembrance Ceremony


Goshen, N.Y. - Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus invites the community to attend the September 11th Patriot Day ceremony, which will be held at the Orange County Arboretum at Thomas Bull Memorial Park on Tuesday, September 11th at 6 p.m.

“Each year at this beautiful ceremony we remember and honor the Orange County residents who died when our country was attacked on Sept. 11th, 2001,” Neuhaus said. “We will never forget the victims of the terrorist attacks that day and we will all make sure that their memories live on. Patriot’s Day also provides all us with another opportunity to show our appreciation for the thousands of Orange County men and women in the armed forces who continue to make sacrifices for our country.”

Orange County Legislator James O’Donnell will be the keynote speaker at the event. O’Donnell worked for the State Police from 1974 to 1997, retiring with the rank of Lt. Col. He went on to serve as the Chief of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department and was on duty during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois, District Attorney David Hoovler and County Clerk Annie Rabbitt will also attend the event.

“The terrorist attacks on 9/11 left an indelible mark on our community,” O’Donnell said. “I’m honored to be delivering the keynote speech and humbled that I will be joined by many of the victims’ families and friends. September 11th remains one of the most trying and challenging days of my career, and those memories will never fade.”


(Orange County Legislator James O'Donnell)

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will honor the memory of the 44 Orange County residents who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and will also honor the brave military personnel who serve our nation. 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. The procession will begin at 5:55 p.m. followed promptly by the ceremony.

For more information, contact Justin Rodriguez, Assistant to the County Executive for Communications and Media Relations at 845.291.3255 or