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Four Years Later

August 23, 2005

In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Westchester County Executive Andy Spano and the Board of Legislators embarked on a project to develop a memorial to honor the 109 Westchester residents who perished in the tragedies.

The County Executive and the Board decided that family members of those who died would make the final determination of where the memorial should be located and what feelings it should convey. Families selected Kensico Dam Plaza as the site because of its central location.

They wanted the memorial to be a welcoming destination for individual remembrance and reflection that would leave the visitor with a feeling of hope for the future.

Thirty-seven artists and architects from around the country answered the county’s request for memorial design. A selection committee was formed, comprised of several family members, county staff and professionals in the field of public art. The families unanimously selected “The Rising,” an 80-foot sculpture of 109 intertwining stainless steel strands rising together and reaching skyward.

You can be a part of Westchester County’s September 11th Memorial, called “The Rising.” Your donation to the Friends of Westchester County Parks will help pay for this inspiring memorial’s construction, as well as the surrounding gardens and landscaping. Your support will also provide an endowment for the memorial’s ongoing care and maintenance.

RIP: William Ward Haynes


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