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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    It's hard to believe that 9/11 happened nearly 11 years ago, but it's even harder to imagine the impact it had not just in our area but across the country, as well. Luckily we live in a community that refuses to forget those who died and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for others.

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    Here are some ways to get involved in honoring both the victims and heroes for the 11th anniversary of September 11.

    Kensico Dam: Starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, volunteers will be collecting gently-used paperback books to ship to U.S. soldiers that have been deployed overseas. There also will be a food drive and a card-making projects. A ceremony will follow at 7 p.m. at The Rising, the county's Sept. 11 memorial located in the right hand corner of the park.

    Brewster VFW: The Village of Brewster's American Legion Argonne Post 7 will host a 9/11 Exhibit from 7 to 10 p.m. According to The Journal News, the free exhibit includes "contains two relics of the North Tower, magazines, photographs, lithographs, and newspapers."

    Sgt. Mark C. Palmateer Memorial 9-11 Park: On June 28, Sgt. Mark Palmateer became the first Dutchess County resident to die while fighting in post-September 11 combat. At 8:30 a.m. officials will unveil the plans for the park at Route 9 and Old Hopewell Road in Wappingers Falls that will honor his memory. The ceremony will also feature a 13-foot section of steel from the World Trade Center, which will then become a permanent piece of the memorial.

    Volunteer: The United Way of Westchester and Putnam's volunteer center is promoting "A Call to Service," a week-long event that encourages local community to help "rekindle the unity that followed the tragic events of September." From blood drives to bar-b-ques for veterans, there are numerous events starting today until Sept. 15 that are in need of volunteers. Click here for the complete list.

    Click here for a list of 9/11 ceremonies and services in Putnam and Westchester via LoHud.

    Click here for a list of 9/11 ceremonies and services in Dutchess courtesy of the Poughkeepsie Journal.