Salute Veterans during these events this weekend
From live music to a musket salute — events abound this weekend as we take time to remember and salute veterans.
Veterans Day marks the armistice (hence the original name of the holiday —Armistice Day) signed in France by the World War I Allies and Germany on November 11, 1918.
The agreement called for a cessation of hostilities on the Western Front on the “11th hour of the llth day of the 11th month.”
On this day especially we remember to thank veterans for their sacrifices and remember those who have passed.
The Fort William Henry has a Field of Flags every year that commemorates veterans in North American conflicts dating back to the French & Indian War.
Here is a list of events this weekend:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is waving the fee to dive up Prospect Mountain Memorial Highway. Please note this is weather permitting.
This tradition was started at the behest of a group of local veterans who will be on hand to talk to visitors this weekend. The effort was led by Denny Galloway, a U.S. Army veteran who fought in World War II in the Philippines, serving as a tank gunner.
We thank him for his service and all he has done to start this tradition and keep it going.
He also spearheaded the construction of the new Lake George Veterans Memorial at the intersection of Route 9 and Luzerne Road near I-87 Northway Exit 21. It was christened in June 2018 after almost two years of his planning and fundraising. Be sure to visit it this weekend and see all the flags planted there by the Lake George Rotary.
In a salute to the service of all American Veterans, Fort Ticonderoga looks back to the Continental Army of 1776 at Ticonderoga in this one-day living history event.
In honor of our nation’s military, veterans and active military members are welcomed FREE for this event.
The Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Shepard Park Beach takes place this weekend as well.
They have a lot of new exciting things happening this year but to name a few…
- They have a “Beach Party” theme for this year’s plunge and all plungers will receive a lei as they exit the water.
- Deathwish Coffee will be there with their coffee truck
- There will be a limbo contest
Commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day this year with a Salute to Veterans concert.
Lake George Community Band will perform on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Glens Falls High School Auditorium.
Wilderness to Warfront
Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) will host a free open house event and community collecting day on November 11, 2019, from 10:00-4:00 in support of the ADKX 2020 seasonal exhibition From Wilderness to Warfront: The Adirondacks and World War II. This exhibition, planned to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, is devoted to the connections between Adirondack people and the global conflict.
Field of Flags
Walk through a field of more than 6,000 flags planted on the West Lawn of Fort William Henry and see the names of veterans and active duty military personnel attached to each flag. The public is invited to add a flag for their loved ones.
The musket salute and ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11. Enjoy a warm beverage after the ceremony.
Veterans Day Craft
Bring the kids to the World Awareness Children Museum on Nov. 11 for a Veterans Day Luminary Craft at 11 a.m.
They will make paper red poppys, mod podge them onto mason jars, and place candles in them in memory of our veterans.
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