News Staff Writer
LAKE PLACID — On Thursday, Nov. 11, the national observance of Veterans Day, American Legion Post 326 of Lake Placid will conduct flag ceremonies for deceased veterans throughout the morning before a parade down Main Street at 11 a.m.
“This is a time honored event in the village, and we’re hoping that people come out and take part in the ceremonies to pay respect for the veterans,” said post adjutant, Vic Roy. “It should be a great day.”
Veterans Day dates back to Nov. 11, 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day. According to the U.S. Army Center of Military History, he said:
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has
given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”
“We’ve always had great attendance at Memorial Day and Veterans Day function,” Roy said. “It’s great to see the community support.”
Veterans Day is meant to honor both living members of the armed forces and those who were in the military and lost their lives.
Each year flags, in honor of deceased veterans, are raised or lowered on both Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
“It’s a perpetual thing that just keeps cycling,” Roy said, in regard to flag ceremonies.
Lowered flags are presented to the honored veteran’s family.
Services in Lake Placid are as follows:
¯At 9:35 a.m. a flag will be lowered for Edmond Shea and raised for Walter Otis at the Adirondack Community Church.
¯At 9:55 a.m. a flag will be lowered for Bernie baker and raised for Gene Brewster at the Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid.
¯At 10:10 a.m. a flag will be lowered for Vernon Ware and raised for Claude and Herbert Rck at AMC Uihlein.
The parade down Main Street will begin at 11 a.m., ending at the American Legion Home where the conclusion of the flag ceremonies will take place. Flags will be retired for Phelps Bigelow, William Hurley and Robert Jesmer. Flags will be raised for Richard Clark, Stanley Porter and Charles Hare. A “light luncheon” at the American Legion Post 326 will follow.
“The community is certainly welcome to come in and see what’s going on after the ceremonies,” Roy said. “It’s usually a great time to discuss some history. You hear a lot of old stories so it’s a wonderful time.”
There will be no mail delivery on Veterans Day.
In Keene Valley
A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day at the memorial site at Norton Cemetery in Keene. Keene Central School, but both Keene Public Library and Keene Valley Library will observe normal hours.