Putnam County’s annual September 11th Candlelight Vigil will be held on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Putnam Heroes Memorial located at Spain Cornerstone Park 1 Fair Street Carmel at 8:00 PM
This year the service will also include a dedication of a new memorial to those citizens of Putnam County who have died as a result of their action in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. Along with the eight Putnam Heroes who died on September 11th, there will be an additional six citizens recognized. They are Firefighter Edward Tietjen of the FDNY and Battalion Chief John Vaughan of the FDNY, both formally of Mahopac. Battalion Chief Thomas Van Doran of the FDNY and Firefighter Glenn Bisogno of the Brewster Fire Department, both formerly of Brewster. Firefighter Thomas Kelly of the FDNY and Firefighter Charles Flickinger of the Lake Carmel Fire Department, both formerly of the Town of Kent.
For those wishing to attend, preceding the Candlelight Vigil there will be a Mass of Remembrance at St. James the Apostle Church, 14 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel at 7:00 PM
Brother Knight Denis Hanrahan, who conceived the Putnam Heroes Memorial along with our late Brother Knight Jimmy O’Neill, noted that the new monument was the result of the “dedicated work of the Putnam Heroes Memorial Committee in addition to several community organizations.” Our council was proud to make a donation to support the construction of this new memorial. Denis expressed special thanks to County Executive MaryEllen Odell and her staff for their assistance, as well as to the Putnam County Memorials of Carmel.
Pictured here is Kent Highway Superintendent Richard Othmer guiding the new memorial into place. Richie is a retired FDNY member, former Putnam County Legislator, and professional mason.
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