GOSHEN - Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation Commissioner Richard L. Rose, Jr. invite the community to attend the September 11 Patriot Day ceremony to be held at the Orange County Arboretum at Thomas Bull Memorial Park on Wednesday, September 11 at 5 p.m.
The ceremony, which is open to the public, will honor the memory of the 44 Orange County residents who lost their lives on that tragic day and pay tribute to the brave military personnel who have so valiantly served our nation. Families and survivors of September 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 4:30 p.m.
"Men and women from Orange County continue to make sacrifices in the name of freedom for our great country," said County Executive Diana. "On September 11, we remember the Orange County residents - our friends, neighbors and loved ones - who perished when our nation was viciously attacked, as well as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country since that time," said Mr. Diana.
Honor guards from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Stewart Air National Guard Base 105th Air Wing and Post #2064 Veterans of Foreign War - Maybrook will guide the procession along the Remembrance Walkway flanked by members of the Orange County Volunteer Fire Services.
Orange County Undersheriff Kenneth T. Jones, accompanied by the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Orange County will lead the families and survivors to their seats located near the September 11 Memorial and Military Tribute.
Goshen Fire Department under the direction of Chief Dan Caplicki will hoist a Garrison to serve as a backdrop to the ceremonies, while local fire companies, law enforcement, veterans groups, and emergency responders line the Walkway.
Guitarist Rich Pell will perform a patriotic medley and a member of the West Point Band will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. Dora Wright, President of the Friends of the Orange County Arboretum will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Rabbi Joel Schwab, Temple Sinai, Middletown will offer the Invocation; Chaplain, Major John L. Torres Jr., United States Air Force 105th Airlift Wing, will give the Prayer of Remembrance; and Rev. Kaung-il Kim, Goshen United Methodist Church, Goshen, will provide the Benediction.
State Senator William J. Larkin Jr., 39th District, State Senator John J. Bonacic, 42nd District and County Executive Edward A. Diana will welcome guests with inspirational remarks.
This year’s guest speaker will be Edie McCoy Meeks, RN, 1st Lieutenant, Army Nurse Corps. combat surgical nurse and Vietnam Veteran. Meeks, is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation and Purple Heart Hall of Honor. A member of Rolling Thunder NY Chapter 3, American Legion, 1st Cavalry Division Association of NY and NJ, and Veterans for Peace.
Community supporter and memorial benefactor, James W. Taylor Jr. and William J. Bratton Jr., representing the families of September 11, will read the names of those who perished on September 11 and the names of our local military who have made the ultimate sacrifice since that most horrific day in our nation’s history.
Walter C. Koury, Commissioner of Orange County Department of Emergency Management will toll a bell, which has been donated by Montgomery Fire Department. Vini Tankasali, Deputy Commissioner of the Orange County Fire Services will temper the bell, followed by a gun salute by Post 2064 Veterans of Foreign War, Maybrook, and echoing taps by Eric Parks, SGM Ret. and Michael Wolek. Amazing Grace will be performed by Michael A. Tully, AOH Pipe Major followed by the releasing of white doves provided by Wings of Memories, Rhinebeck.
Following the ceremony a Peace through Music concert will be held in the raised gardens of the Arboretum with the Otisville Brass.