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Town Of Cortlandt Hosting 9/11 Dedication Ceremony

The Town of Cortlandt is hosting a ceremony, dedicating its Sept. 11 Memorial.
The Town of Cortlandt is hosting a ceremony, dedicating its Sept. 11 Memorial. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Town Of Cortlandt

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- The Town of Cortlandt, along with the Villages of Buchanan and Croton-on-Hudson will be dedicating a Sept. 11 memorial on Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. at Croton Landing.

The memorial, "Reaching Through The Shadow," has been in the works since 2009.

The memorial consists of a functioning sundial with nine, artistically-created bronze medallions serving as the hour markers (from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) which also depict the events of that day. The World Trade Center steel beam from the North Tower performs as the gnomon of the sundial, which is registered with the North American Sundial Society (NASS).

In 2014, a bronze life-size statue of a woman was installed under the steel beam. The woman is reaching, but not quite touching, the steel beam. The woman is meant to symbolize hope and strength and represent those who experienced loss, but continue to have hope for the future.

A remembrance garden has been planted adjacent to the memorial. A bronze plaque mounted on a boulder at the site is dedicated to those impacted by the attacks and its aftermath.

Participants will gather in the Croton Landing parking area at the north end of Elliott Way of the Croton RiverWalk at 3:30 p.m. for the ceremony at 4 pm. Led by a color guard from the community, they will walk in procession along the quarter-of- a- mile pathway north to the site on the Hudson River. A van from the Village of Croton will be in the parking area to transport those who need assistance.

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