NY: Westchester County- Peekskill-9/11 Memorial

One of my inspirations for my outdoor adventures is pausing at a site of a 9/11 memorial (original link for my inspiration at bottom). I find the memorials especially poignant this year, 2021, which is the 20th anniversary of the tragedy.

I find each memorial has a uniqueness and they each are in a special spot for their area. This one bordered the Hudson River on the Westchester River walk greenway in Peekskill, NY.

This was in front of the Peekskill train station so it was an easy place to park. The memorial honors the fallen firefighters and was unveiled in July 2010 in a beautiful waterfront setting.

Per the Daily Voice, Sam “Oitice, a longtime Peekskill resident, was a member of the New York Fire Department but he started out as a city ambulance corps member and later became a Peekskill police officer.”

The Voice goes on to write, “The bronze statue features an anonymous firefighter kneeling in front of Oitice’s fire suit and helmet. The names of the all the emergency responders who perished on Sept. 11 2001 are listed on plaques around the monument. The monument also features a bell that was rung following the deaths of seven city firemen in the 1918 Fleishman’s yeast factory fire.”

Behind the statue is a steel beam from the WTC.

Similar to the pandemic, 9/11 spawned a new normal. It’s been 20 years. I seem to recall us to be more united as a nation then. There so much we should never forget.


Published by Belinda Sheets

This is a non-promotional blog. I am not a photographer nor am I selling anything through this blog. Professionally I am a Business Transformation Specialist focused on gaining efficiencies and reducing costs for major corporations. Recent life experiences made me better appreciate the present and all that can be seen by increasing my focus and attention on my surroundings. I always enjoyed going out and exercising and I would look but I did not see as my attention was on resolving some problem. Captured through pictures and sharing insights about various locations, I hope others can enjoy my research and insights and allow themselves to pause a few moments and truly appreciate and learn new things. When you follow me that is my only gift. To know I have touched you enough to want to follow the blog. Respectfully (Stay Safe), Belinda Sheets Business Transformation professional with interests in photography, hiking, bicycling and kayaking and learning how to be present.

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