September 5th, 2012
Ceremony to honor those lost on Sept. 11
GOSHEN - Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation Commissioner Richard Rose 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 Tuesday, 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 and families of local military personnel 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, Post #2064 Veterans of Foreign War - Maybrook, and Valley Central JROTC will guide the procession along the Remembrance Walkway.
A Garrison American flag provided by Goshen Fire Department will be hoisted by Chester Fire Department apparatus 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 Sister Margaret “Peggy” Murphy, O.P., Mount Saint Mary College, 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.
This year’s guest speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Forrester, Commander of the Force Support Squadron, United States Air Force, New York Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing, Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh.
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 that have made the ultimate sacrifice since that most horrific day in our nation’s history.