Where to Honor Our Servicemembers This Veteran’s Day
This Veterans Day, Westchester is host to many local ceremonies honoring our country’s military personnel.
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Sunday, 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:
American Legion Post No. 274 will host Veterans Day proceedings in Veteran’s Memorial Park beginning at 10 a.m. The ceremony will feature opening prayers by Father Michael Champion, the Pledge of Allegiance by local Girl Scouts, and musical interludes which will include several by the Peekskill High School band. After, guests will be invited back to the American Legion Hall at 936 McKinley Street.
Contact Post Commander John Donohue for more information.
Rye's annual Veterans Day observance will be held at Rye City Hall on Monday, November 12 at 10:30 a.m., hosted by American Legion Post 128. This year's keynote speaker will be retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert I. Gruber.
Somers’s Lions Club will host this year’s Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, November 11, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Bailey Park and marching to Memorial Park for a brief commemoration at 11 a.m. This year is a special anniversary, marking 100 years World War I. After, refreshments will be served back at the Somers Town House.
Contact Kate O'Keefe.
914.384.1612 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. 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 email@example.com or call 914.422.1339.
This annual Veterans Day parade will take place on Sunday, November 11. The parade will leave from Lakeland High School at 2 p.m. (gather at 1:30), 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 Yorktown resident and veteran Andrew Amenn, U.S. Army 10th Mountain Infantry Division. Judge Sal Lagonia will once again be on hand to play taps.
Contact Paul R. Martin III of the Yorktown Citizens Veterans Day Parade Committee for more information.
914.245.8903 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Yonkers will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon at Veterans Memorial Plaza at City Hall (40 South Broadway). The Department of Veterans Affairs will also be hosting their 9th annual complimentary Veterans Breakfast on Thursday, November 8 at 10 .m. in the Tarrytown Marriott Hotel. Commemorations and entertainment will accompany the meal, and exhibitors will be available to provide information on different veteran resources as well. Space is limited, so make sure to pre-register.
914.666.4228, ext. 1261.
Independently, Empire City Casino will offer its yearly Red Room luncheon on Sunday to all veteran Empire Club Members (and new signups) plus one guest each. The first 2,000 Veteran's Club members to visit the promotions booth that day will also receive a free gift.
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.