2021 Veterans Day ceremonies and parades in the Capital Region

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Veterans Day is November 11. Many cities and towns in the Capital Region are holding events to honor veterans on or before Veterans Day.

Albany

The Veterans Day Parade is returning to Albany this year. The event will be on November 11 at 11 a.m. The parade route begins at the corner of Ontario Street and Central Avenue.

The Veterans Day Parade Committee has chosen to hold this year’s parade to honor the veterans of the Global War on Terrorism, Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Any of these veterans marching this year will be leading the parade along with the Gold Star Families.

Saratoga Springs

Veterans of the Year

Saratoga Springs is holding a ceremony to honor Veterans of the Year for 2020 and 2021. The ceremony will be on November 6 at 1 p.m. at the Wilton-Saratoga Springs Elks Club.

There was no Veteran of the Year ceremony in 2020 due to the pandemic, so the ceremonies are being combined this year.

2020 Veteran of the Year is Garth D. Lloyd. He was drafted into the army in 1969 and deployed to Vietnam. 2021 Veteran of the Year is Robert W. Van Pelt. He served 42 years in the Army, Active, Guard, and Reserve, from 1969 until his retirement in 2011.

NYS Senator Tedesco will present the NYS Liberty Medal to each Veteran. The event is free and open to the public. Face masks are required.

Veterans Day Ceremony

A ceremony will be held on November 11 at 10 a.m. at Maplewood Cemetery in Saratoga Springs. It will be hosted by the Gurtler Brothers VFW Post 420. A post-ceremony with lunch will be at the VFW Post at 11 a.m.

Troy

Hudson Valley exhibit

Hudson Valley Community College is hosting an exhibit of a collection of military stories and artifacts from the American Civil War through Afghanistan. Veterans and active-duty personnel will be honored in the exhibit.

The exhibit is open and free to all at the Marvin Library Learning Commons. The opening reception is November 6 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through December 7.

Ceremony for Troy veteran

Troy veteran, Arnold E. Fallon, will be honored at a ceremony on November 10 at 1 p.m. at the Arnold Fallon Rainbow Center. A banner and plaque will be displayed during the ceremony.

Schenectady

The Brown School in Schenectady is holding a Veterans Day ceremony on November 9 at 8:45 a.m. John McKenna who lost his son in the line of duty in Iraq will be there and will talk with the students. 

Students will sing patriotic songs, write poems and speak with veterans. The event will be live-streamed on the Brown School’s Facebook page.

Rotterdam

Rotterdam is hosting their 62nd Veterans Day Service to honor veterans on November 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Rotterdam Town Hall Monument. Over a dozen veterans and military organizations will participate in the ceremony.

The service will include a wreath ceremony, three-volley salute and remembrance. The ceremony is open to the public.

Watervliet

Watervliet will hold its Veterans day program on November 11 at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 10 a.m. United States Army Lt. Colonel Michael Hutchinson and U.S. Amy Captain Traci St. Denis will be the guest speakers at the event.

Schuylerville

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on November 10 at 2:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held outdoors at the flag pole assembly area and is open to the public.

This year’s program features keynote speaker Lt. Col. Jamie Cox, a 20-year Marine Corps Naval Aviator Veteran. Local students will read their essays entitled “What Veterans Day Means to Me.” National Cemetery Honor Guard, Color Guard, and Rifle Team will also honor veterans at the ceremony.

Amsterdam

The annual Veterans Day Parade will be in Amsterdam on November 11 at 10 a.m. The parade starts on Evelyn and Guy Park Avenue headed west to the West End Memorial. A service will follow.

Lake George

The annual field of flags will be arranged in front of Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center starting Friday, November 5, running until November 12. A ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, including a musket salute in front of the 7,000 flags, each of which carries the name and service dates of a veteran.

Lake George will host a Community Band Veterans Day Concert on November 11 at 7 p.m. The concert will be at 210 Main Street in Hudson Falls. The concert honors those who served. It’s $10 for adults and students, children, veterans, and active duty are free.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Pittsfield will hold its Veterans Day Parade on November 11 at 10 a.m. The ceremony is held at Veterans Memorial Park. The parade departs from City Hall at 10 a.m. and proceeds to North Street, head
toward the park on South Street.

This year’s guest speaker and Veteran of the Year is U.S. Air Force Veteran Robert “Bobby” Dassat. Face masks are encouraged and attendees should socially distance themselves when necessary.

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