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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Saturday, 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 and closing prayers by Father Vernon Wickermatunge of Peekskill’s Holy Spirit Church, the national anthem as sung by the Peekskill Police Department’s own Celia Grabowiecki, 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.
Somers’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8213 will host this year’s Veterans Day Parade, beginning at 10:45 a.m. at the Somers Town Hall and marching down Route 100 to Memorial Park for a brief commemoration. Comfort the Troops bins will be set up along the parade route, and seating will be available for older and disabled veterans. After, refreshments will be served back at the Somers Town House.
Contact Somers VFW Post Commander Tim McArdle for more information.
914.582.3025 or firstname.lastname@example.org
White Plains will host its traditional Veterans Day Ceremony on City Hall's front steps at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. This year's ceremony honors Vietnam Veteran Peter Stone of the U.S. Navy. Main street will be lined with American flags and City Hall itself will display flags representing each branch of the armed forces. Light refreshments will be served inside immediately following the ceremony.
For more information contact Deputy Commissioner Fran Croughan at email@example.com or call 914.422.1411.
This annual Veterans Day parade will take place on Sunday, November 12. 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.) This year’s keynote speaker will be Vietnam veteran Ronny Ymbras, author of Fallen, Never Forgotten: Vietnam Memorials in the USA, while the invocation and benediction will be presided over by Monsignor Joseph Giandurco of St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown. Judge Sal Lagonia will play taps, and Yorktown Police Officier and veteran Angel Garcia shall perform the national anthem.
Contact Paul R. Martin III of the Yorktown Citizens Veterans Day Parade Committee for more information.
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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). Afterward a service will be held at 2 p.m. at Empire VFW Post 375 at 10 Huber Pl.
Some of our favorite food trucks are going South of the border on Friday, November 10 to pay homage to America’s military. Lifestyle Westchester will present the First Annual Eugene Warrington Veterans Day Tribute, in memory of long-time Walter’s Hot Dogs patriarch and WWII veteran Eugene Warrington. Other food truck guests will include Longford’s Ice Cream, The Souvlaki Truck, and one of our personal favorites, the Abeetz pizza truck. From noon to 4 p.m. all are welcome at Split Rock Golf Course (870 Shore Rd.), but veterans who sign up in advance and bring their vet cards eat for free.
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Also worth mentioning for those of us who will be honoring our family’s own servicemembers: all Red Lobster locations will be offering a free appetizer or dessert on Saturday to veterans, reservists, and active-duty military with valid military identification.
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.