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These Veterans Day Events Honor Heroes in the Hudson Valley

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Hudson Valley towns remember those who bravely served our country at these ceremonies, dedications, parades, and special events.

Albany County

Veterans Day Aboard USS Slater

USS Slater/Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, Albany
November 11, 9 a.m. 

The USS Slater sits on the Hudson River in Albany County after an extensive restoration. It is the last surviving Destroyer Escort in the U.S., having battled Nazi U-boats on the Atlantic and defended against Japanese submarines in the Pacific. Head to the on-boat museum for a ceremony honoring local vets as well as free tours for current and former servicepeople.

The City of Albany’s Veterans Day Parade

Corner of Ontario St. and Central Ave., Albany
November 11, 11 a.m.

Albany’s Veterans Day Parade returns this year. The parade committee holds the event in honor of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. These veterans and gold star families lead the parade through the city. Before the festivities kick off, the American Gold Star Mothers and Families will host a wreath laying at Our Lady of Peace in Memorial Grove at 9:30 a.m.

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Dutchess County

Veterans Day Observances

Throughout Dutchess County
November 11, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The community is welcome to attend local observances to honor veterans in the community and those we lost in the past. Several towns throughout the county are offering ceremonies, flag displays, and poppy distributions. Click here for observances in Amenia, Beacon, East Fishkill, Millerton, Rhinebeck, Poughkeepsie, and Wappingers Falls.

Veterans Eat Free at Savona’s

Savona’s Trattoria in Poughkeepsie, Kingston, and Red Hook
November 11, 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

As a thank you to the Hudson Valley’s veterans, Savona‘s Trattoria serves up a three-course Italian meal from the special Veterans Day menu, free for all veterans with a military I.D. at all three locations.

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Veterans Day Ceremony

Town Hall, Wappingers Falls
November 11, 1-2:30 p.m.

Venture to the Wappingers Town Hall for the commemoration ceremony on Friday afternoon for this proud annual event hosted by Supervisor Richard L. Thurston, the Wappinger Town Board, and the Department of Parks & Recreation.

Veterans Day Memorial Service

Fishkill Supply Depot Burial Ground, Fishkill
November 11, 1-4 p.m.

At this military cemetery, individuals can gather to honor the lives that were lost in American conflicts throughout history.

Veterans Day Memorial Hike

Fishkill Ridge Trail, Beacon
November 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Patriotic hiking enthusiasts will be gathering on the Fishkill Ridge Trail to honor our fallen fallen heroes. The hike visits the place a plane crashed 77 years ago, on Veterans Day in 1945, where six Navy veterans lost their lives. Rain or shine, the hike to the crash site will take place; it’s followed by an additional 5.7-mile trek for more experienced hikers.

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Orange County

Veterans Day Wreath Laying

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, New Windsor
November 11, 2 p.m.

Gather at New Windsor’s Purple Hall of Honor for a wreath laying. This brief presentation commemorates the anniversary of the sinking of two destroyers, the USS Kearny and USS Reuben James. The wreath laying will be followed by the readings of journals and letters from veterans dating back to the Revolutionary War.

Veterans Day Remembrances

A.W. Buckbee Center, Warwick
November 11, 7-8:30 p.m.

Warwick honors the Hudson Valley’s veterans by facilitating first-hand accounts of life in the service. Several naval officers, marines, and pilots recall active duty in Vietnam and Korea, including Pastor Eun Sung Han’s personal experience of growing up in Korea.

Rockland County

Veteran’s Day Parade, Ceremony & Luncheon

Suffern Village Hall, Suffern
November 11, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Commemorate those who have served with the Village of Suffern and American Legion Post #859 at this parade and luncheon. After a ceremony at Soldiers Monument on Washington Avenue, attendees can enjoy a barbecue luncheon with fellow paradegoers.

Related: An Insider’s Guide to November Events in the Hudson Valley