Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Celebrating An Adirondack Veterans Day

St Lawrence County Flag RockSadly, Veterans Day doesn’t seem to get the press that Halloween does. Yes, I realize it doesn’t come with candy or ring the doorbell dressed up like a ninja. Instead it quietly rolls around each November 11th.

Celebrated first as Armistice Day to commemorate the November 11, 1918 truce ending World War I, the name was changed in 1954 after World War II and the Korean War to honor all American veterans of wars.  So besides the individual town celebrations to remember those veterans that made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives as well as those that continue to serve, here are three ideas to say thank you.

The Imaginarium Children’s Museum in Plattsburgh is hosting a special day on November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Vietnam Veteran Joseph Galone is the guest of honor. The raffle winner of the Yamaha PW50 Mini-Motocycle, Harley Davidson book carry and Imaginarium goody bag will also be announced on that day.

According to Secretary of the Imaginarium Board Jessica Spiegel people don’t do enough for veterans. Having a special event is a nice way for children to meet veterans and get to know the history. In addition to the special event the museum will have its regular programing of interactive exhibits.

Fort Ticonderoga will host The First Call of Duty: Honoring the Veterans of 1775 and Beyond on November 9. Though this day brings focus to the sacrifices of the first American soldiers, it will also honor those that continue a tradition of service.

Not all activities have to be all pomp and circumstance. A lighthearted place to honor your veterans, retired and active, is the Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake. The carousel is offering free rides to all veterans on Veterans Day from noon to 4:00 pm.

People don’t have to agree with war to honor all veterans both living and dead. Even the staunchest anti-war proponents should agree that veterans aren’t the policy makers. Vets are the ones that suffer from the deprivations of war. So please remember all with kindness. Thank you!

Photo The St Lawrence County Flag Rock.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

One Response

  1. fa19 says:

    Diane….I can’t recall seeing that beautifully painted rock along the side of the highway. Where is it located?