With Thanksgiving coming in a few weeks, we’re reminded to count our blessings.
We’re thankful to live in the United States where we enjoy so many freedoms. The freedom we benefit from wasn’t free. The price was paid by men and women who sacrificed. Some gave everything.
Take time this Veterans Day Weekend to celebrate the veterans in your community.
Also known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day is celebrated to mark the armistice between the Allies of WWI and Germany. This was the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of WWI. The ceremony took place at 11 a.m. — the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918 in France.
Our area offer several ways the whole family can pay their respects.
Field of Flags
One of the most visual displays in the area is the multi-day 5th annual Field of Flags on the west lawn of the Fort William Henry, located at 48 Canada St. in Lake George.
Approximately 6,625 flags will remain on the lawn from Monday, November 5, through Monday, November 12, 2018, to honor veterans and active duty military personnel.
Each year veterans are invited to submit their name, rank, time period and branch of service to be displayed with a flag. Family can also submit veterans’ names for the field of flags.
The name of each veteran or active duty military personnel isattached to a flag and placed in the field grouped by the period in which they served.
The public is invited to share the names of their service men and women to be added to the field – call 518-964-6647.
A musket salute will take place at the Field of Flags on Sunday, November 11 at 11 a.m.
Refreshments will follow this free event.
Fort William Henry will be open 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Veterans Day.
In addition, the Fort William Henry Hotel is offering active and retired Veterans 50% off rooms and 25% discounts on breakfast and dinner from November 8 to 11, 2018.
Additional Memorial Services
- On Sunday, November 11, at 11 a.m, the American Legion will conduct a a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Victory & Peace Monument in Crandall Park at 581 Glen Street in Glens Falls.
- On Monday, November 12, from 11 a.m. to noon, there will be a Veterans Memorial Service at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park in Hague.
You can drive up the Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway for free in honor of our nation’s veterans on Sunday November 11.
This is thanks to the “Think Vet” initiative by a few local veterans called the Lake George Veterans Memorial Group, which led to the state offering the free admission annually. The group was formed in 2016 by three charter members: Dennis Galloway, Dan Hurley and Chuck Wheeler. The road is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but it’s best to get there earlier so you have enough time to take in all the views. Read more about Prospect Mountain here.
Come see the Lake George Community Band perform on Veterans Day (Sunday, Nov 11, 2018) from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Glens Falls High School Auditorium at 10 Quade St. in Glens Falls. The cost is $10 for adults. Students, children, veterans and active duty members get in for FREE.
This is a musical tribute to all Veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
The kids have Monday off from school, so bring them to the World Awareness Children’s Museum at 89 Warren Street in Glens Falls to learn about Veterans Day and make a traditional red poppy. This event is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. ad includes a reading of the poem “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae. This event is free with museum admission.
Share a meal
The Glens Falls American Legion Post 233, located at 30 Cooper St. in Glens Falls, will offer a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 5 p.m. This is open to the public. The cost is free for veterans. Donations accepted from the public.
On Veterans Day, the American Legion in Glens Falls will host breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the VFW Post 2475 at 30 Cooper Street. Veterans get in free. The cost is $5 for the general public.
The American Legion Post 374, located t 3932 NY-9L in Lake George, will host its Annual Veterans Day Dinner on Sunday, November 11,
The cocktail hour will be from 2 to 3 p.m. with dinner to follow. This year they will fry 3 turkeys in peanut oil and have traditional turkey with all the fixings and desserts. Veterans get in for free. The cost for guests $7.50.
Lake George Lanes & Games is offering all active and non-active military the opportunity to bowl free until 6 p.m. on Monday, November 12.
One Friday, November 9, and Sunday, November 11, there will be Early Family Galactic bowing from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost is only $30 per lane for 2 hours of bowling.