With 2016 marking the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the Capital Region and North Country are remembering that day with numerous events, ceremonies, and more. Honor those who lost their lives in one of America’s biggest tragedies by attending one of these events with your loved ones.
Gallery Tours at the State Museum
At 1pm and 3pm there will be gallery tours of the World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response exhibit at the State Museum on Madison Avenue in Albany. Learn about the development of this collection, which holds the world’s largest repository of World Trade Center 9/11 artifacts – 3,000 objects.
The 8th annual Freedom Walk is starting at 5:30pm at The Crossings in Loudonville off Albany-Shaker Road. All are welcome to join this free event, which will take place rain or shine. There will be guest speakers and light refreshments.
The Tunnel to Towers Climb is a fundraiser benefiting the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, including the Building for America’s Bravest program. The program builds homes to improve quality of life for those in our country who have been catastrophically injured in service. The foundation is named for Stephen Siller, a firefighter who gave his life on 9/11. There is a $40 registration fee and a $100 fundraising requirement from each participant. This event is happening from 8am to 12pm.
Via Port in Rotterdam Mall is holding an event between 11am and 6pm to remember 9/11. Check out a Manhattan skyline with a birdseye view of the city. There will also be a fire truck and EMS van located inside the mall.
The 38th annual Carrot Festival at the Congregation Agudat Achim in Schenectady starts at 10am. In addition to the usual festivities, there will be a ceremony honoring our heroes and community workers who were “first up” at Ground Zero; local veterans will also be honored.
Hudson Valley Community College 9/11 Memorial and Reflection
Please note, this event is happening on Monday the 12th. At 12pm, the Siek Campus Center at Hudson Valley Community College will be having a moment of silence to honor and pay tribute to victims of the attacks. Students are welcome to express their thoughts on a banner from 11am to 4pm.
9/11 Twilight Vigil in Valatie
A vigil is being held at 6pm at the Columbia County 9/11 Memorial on State Farm Road in Valatie. The event is being hosted by the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Service Unit #126.
Patriot Day Ceremony in East Greenbush
The American Legion on Columbia Turnpike in East Greenbush is holding short presentations in the remembrance of the firefighters and emergency personnel from 9/11 at 12pm.
Ceremony at Water’s Edge in Glenville
The Water’s Edge Lighthouse on Freemans Bridge Road in Glenville is hosting its annual ceremony at the 9/11 memorial at 5pm on the banks of the Mohawk River.
Tribute Service at Bridge Christian Church in Schenectady
A tribute service is taking place at 6:30pm at the Bridge Christian Church on Crane Street in Schenectady. Special Agent John Sullivan, who responded to the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, will be the keynote speaker. Pastor James Bookhout will lead a prayer at 7pm and patriotic songs will be sung.
Clifton Park & Saratoga
9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Abele Park
Emergency responders, boy scouts, girl scouts, government officials, and the community as a whole will join together at 6pm at Abele Memorial Park in Halfmoon to pay tribute to this tragic day in our nation’s history.
The city of Saratoga invites the community to a remembrance ceremony hosted by Saratoga Mayor Joanne Yepsen at 8:30am by the Tempered by Memory sculpture in High Rock Park. The observance will begin with a color guard from the US Navy, followed by a moment of silence at 8:46am, the time when the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The National Anthem and other music will be provided by Rock Bolton, and a keynote speech will be delivered by Col. Don Britten.
9/11 Memorial Service in Stillwater
Stillwater is holding a 9/11 memorial service at 1pm at the Stillwater Blockhouse; the rain location is the Stillwater Area Community Center.
Please note, this event is happening on Saturday the 10th. The Charles Wood Theater in Glens Falls is commemorating the events of 9/11 with an original multi-media program starting at 7pm. Twelve local actors are expressing stories of remembrance, strength, and resilience through original writings and some original songs.
Service and Bell Ringing Ceremony in Glens Falls
The Glens Falls Fire Department is hosting its annual ceremony at 9am. Fire Department Chaplain Patty Girard will be leading the ceremony, which will take place at the 9/11 memorial next to the Ridge Street Station. Part of the service will include a bell-ringing ceremony consisting of four rounds of five bells each, the standard fire service announcement of the end of duty for a firefighter, made famous after 9/11.
Breakfast and Service in Hudson Falls
Hudson Falls is hosting a short service at 10am with Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner to speak. Firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical service members are invited to come to the Hudson Falls American Legion Post 574 on Pearl Street between 9am and 9:15am for a free breakfast. First responders are asked to be in “Class A” attire. The general public is also invited for a full breakfast at $8 for adults, $3 for children, and $27 per family from 8am to 11am.
Commemoration in Warrensburg
Warrensburg’s annual ceremony, coordinated by the Warrensburg Fire Company, is happening at 7pm at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Park Bandstand at Route 28 and Route 9.
3rd Annual Remembrance Run/Walk in Keene Valley
The Keene Valley Fire Department is hosting its annual Remembrance Run/Walk beginning in Marcy Field and ending at the Keene Valley Fire Department. The race starts at 10am. This remembrance run/walk is not only to commemorate the victims of 9/11, but also for the community to remember someone in their lives who was a hero in any way.
9/11 Vigil in Plattsburgh
A vigil is being held from 8:46am to 10:28am at Veteran’s Memorial Park on the Base Oval in Plattsburgh. “Taps” will be sounded, and the American flag will be folded by members of the American Legion Post 20 at each of the times when loss of life occurred on that day (8:46am, 9:03am, 9:37am, 9:59am, 10:03am, and 10:28am). There will also be a moment of silence between 9:59am and 10:03am.
Regardless of which events you choose to attend, take a moment on Sunday to remember those who gave their lives in the September 11th attacks 15 years ago.