Thank You to Our Veterans
Arlington American Legion
Veterans Day is set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. The American Legion in Arlington will hold Veterans Day activities on Friday, November 11, beginning at 11:11 a.m. A ceremony will be held at the Memorial in front of Fisher School, 504 East Arlington Road, Arlington, followed by an Open House at Post 69, located at 54 Legion Road. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.
In honor of American veterans from Revolutionary times through today, Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site will host a ceremony on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. The ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the top of picturesque Hessian Hill on Route 67 in Wallomsac, N.Y. The ceremony will include a musket salute fired by the president of the Friends of Bennington Battlefield, a flag retreat ceremony conducted by area scouts and trumpet music. Brief remarks will be shared on the experiences of veterans of the Battle of Bennington. The Site will be open on Veterans Day from 8 a.m. to sunset, after which it will close for the season, reopening May 1, 2017.
Danby-Mt. Tabor Memorial
There will be a Veterans Day observance at the Danby-Mount Tabor Veterans Memorial at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 12. All are invited. The Memorial is located in Danby at the intersection of South Main Street and Mount Tabor Avenue.
Harned-Fowler VFW Post 6471 on Depot Street in Manchester invites everyone to come at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 11, to remember and honor all who have served our country preserving freedom for those of us here at home and others around the world. Opening the day’s activities will be a prayer at the Post monument, three volleys and ‘Taps,’ marking the time of the cease-fire ending WWI. Moving inside, attendees will listen to the local winner of the VFW Patriots Pen Essay contest sharing his/her essay. Commentary will follow from the officers noting the significance of Veterans Day, and then lunch.
Salem Veterans Dinner
Salem Community Fellowship is hosting a free dinner to honor all Veterans, active duty military, and their families at 6 p.m., on Wednesday, November 9, at 224 Main Street, the Central House building, in Salem, N.Y. There will be a guest speaker; dinner will be served immediately following. For more information call 518-854-3208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Granville Marine Corps Party
There will be a Marine Corps Birthday Party at the American Legion in Granville, N.Y. on Thursday, November 10. The fare is prime rib or chicken. For more details, call 802-645-1951.
MCL to Screen WWII Drama
In honor of Veterans Day, the Greatest Generation Film Series at Manchester Community Library will present a war drama, ‘Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo,’ on Wednesday, November 9, at 2 p.m. In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission. The 1944 film stars Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson and Robert Mitchum and won the Academy Award for Best Special Effects. The film screening is free and open to the public. Running time is 138 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester Center. Call 802-362-2607 for further details.
VFW Names Essay Contest Winners
Harned-Fowler VFW Post 6471 has announced the local winners of 2016/2017 VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay contest. Out of 50 outstanding submissions, Daisy O’Keefe won first place, Eliza Sullivan took second place and Andrew Reid won third place. All three will be present and Daisy will read her winning essay at the Veterans Day event (page 4). Their entries go on to the District One competition where one student will be chosen and forwarded to the Vermont State level. The state winner will continue on to the national competition to win $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC.