It’s really okay that Veterans Day doesn’t get its own kitschy candy, slogan, or costume. Veterans Day highlights medals, honor, and sacrifice. It doesn’t come dressed up like a princess and it doesn’t slide down your chimney to fill your stockings. It comes each November 11, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.
Veterans Day was first celebrated as Armistice Day to commemorate the November 11, 1918 temporary truce, hence the term armistice, between the Allied Nations and Germany during the first World War. The name was changed in 1954, after the second World War and the Korean War, to honor all American war veterans.
During the week before Veterans Day, November 5-12, Lake George’s Fort William Henry becomes flooded with flags. The public is welcome to share their loved ones name, rank, branch of service, and timeline to be part of 6,000 “field of flags” taking place on the west lawn of the fort. The veterans’ names are put on each flag and placed in groups based on the time in which they served. On Veterans Day, November 11, an 11 am musket salute is given and anyone attending is invited to the museum for refreshments.
The Wild Center in Tupper Lake is hosting a free community day on November 10 from 10 am – 5 pm to celebrate veterans. In addition to the free museum admission there will be special hands-on activities in collaboration with International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) Besides their regular programing of interactive exhibits, hiking trails, Wild Supply Company Store, and Waterside Café, the museum will focus on creative opportunities to build plankton, design a windmill and other science challenges.
Prospect Mountain is offering the public free admission the first weekend of November to drive the 5.5-mile Veterans Memorial Highway in Lake George in honor of Veterans Day. Admission is generally $10/car, $5/motorcycle, and $50/bus. The two-lane highway passes by three overlooks: The Narrows, Lake George, and the Eagle’s Nest with various views of Vermont, the High Peaks, and White Mountains. Picnic areas are at the summit along the remains of Prospect Mountain House hotel and its incline railroad.