Where to Honor Our Servicemembers This Veterans Day
This Veterans Day, Westchester is host to many local ceremonies honoring our country’s military personnel.
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Monday, November 11 will see many services and memorial ceremonies, as communities throughout the county honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the various branches of the U.S. military.
Some public services, such as libraries, will be closed in observance of the holiday, many small community events will be held, and many local VFWs will be hosting events. Some of the larger gatherings, however, are listed below:
The town's annual Veternas Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 11 at American Legion Post 1097 at 45 Norht Bedford Rd.
The New Castle Historical Society will be holding a Meet Our Veterans event from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Novemeber 11 in honor or the 100th anniversary of the very first Armistice Day in 1919. Local veterans will share their stories that we might better understand the experiences those who serve in our military face. The event will be held at the Millwood Firehouse. For further details click the link above or call 914.238.4666.
A Veterans Day ceremony will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at DeSanti Park, across from the hartsdale train station and will feature remarks from the town's local veterans.
Hastings' annual ceremony will take place at VWF park on Monday, November 11 at 11 a.m.
The village will hold its Veteran's Day Ceremony at 10:45 a.m. sharp on Main St in front of Veterans' Memorial Plaza.
The city's annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Monday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m. in Faneuil Park at Huguenot and East Main St. This year is a special one, as it marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion.
Peekskill's official Veterans Day ceremony will be held in conjunction with American Legion Post No. 274 at Veteran’s Memorial Park at the intersection of North Division St and Highland Ave beginning at 10 a.m. The ceremony will honor all those who have or are currently serving in the U.S. military. After, guests will be invited back to the American Legion Hall at 936 McKinley Street. Contact Post Commander John Donohue for more information at 914.734.2450
Local veterans and town officials will meet downtown at the gazebo along Memorial Plaza at 11 a.m. for the town's annual commemorative ceremony.
Rye's annual Veterans Day observance will be held at Rye City Hall on Monday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m., hosted by American Legion Post 128. This year's keynote speaker will be Charlie Northshield, a former Rye City School Disctrict teacher and Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Somers’s Lions Club will host this year’s Veterans Day Parade on Monday, November 11, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at at Somers Townhouse and marching to the cemetary and Veterans Memorial for a brief commemoration at 11 a.m. After, refreshments will be served back at the Somers Townhouse. Contact Kate O'Keefe for for info at 914.384.1612 or email@example.com
Fun Fact: "Veterans Day" is one of the most frequently misspelled holidays observed in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, "Veterans Day does not include an apostrophe but does include an 's' at the end of 'veterans' because it is not a day that 'belongs' to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans."
White Plains will host its traditional Veterans Day Ceremony on City Hall from 10:30 a.m. until noon on Monday. Main Street will be lined with American flags, as will City Hall, to honor all the branches of our armed services. Light refreshments will be served inside immediately following the ceremony, where guests can also enjoy documents and artifacts on display from the City Archives honoring city residents who served in World War I and World War II. For more information contact Deputy Commissioner Fran Croughan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914.422.1339.
This year's Veterans Day parade will take place on Sunday, November 10. The parade will leave from Lakeland High School at 2 p.m. and march to the John C. Hart Library down the street. All veterans are welcome to march, and are asked to assemble at 1:40. (Civilians are encouraged to support from either side of the road.) The invocation and benediction will be presided over by Monsignor Joseph Giandurco of St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown, while this year's keynote will be delivered by local resident and U.S. Air Force veteran Jonathan "Jack" Bell. Contact Paul R. Martin III of the Yorktown Citizens Veterans Day Parade Committee for more information: 914.980.5267 or email@example.com
The City of Yonkers will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony at noon on Friday, November 8 at the Bernice Spreckman Community Center (777 McLean Ave).
These are only some of the larger events honoring our nation’s military personnel in Westchester County this year. Check with your local community groups to see what may also be planned in your area.