Veterans Day will honor service
TRI-COUNTY AREA—Veterans Day is one day throughout the year specifically set aside for thanking our veterans who have fought and served for us. This year, Veterans Day is on Sunday, Nov. 11, but there are several events scheduled around that date.
The Penn Yan Veterans of Foreign Wars is organizing this year’s Veteran’s Day service. It will be held, Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Yates County Courthouse. St. Michael’s School in Penn Yan is holding an event at its flagpole, Friday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. The event will be held inside the school if the weather is poor. Keuka College will host a ceremony this Friday, Nov. 9, outside Hegeman Hall. It will begin at noon.
The Dundee American Legion will hold a free spaghetti dinner for veterans Sunday, Nov. 11, from 3 to 6 p.m. The annual turkey raffle will be held immediately following the dinner.
The Penn Yan United Methodist Church will hold a patriotic concert on Sunday, at 7 p.m. There will be readings and music from the Memorial Ringers, Sanctuary Choir, and Gabriel’s Bunch. All veterans, current military personnel, and families are invited.
The Schuyler County Courthouse will be the site of another Veterans Day celebration in Watkins Glen, Monday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. There will then be separate services at the Falls Home (1:30 p.m.) and the Seneca View Nursing Home (2:30 p.m.) for veterans who could not make the celebration.
The Watkins Glen Veterans of Foreign Wars is holding a service for members at the post, Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow the event.
Veterans Day is a time set aside to honor all veterans, which includes the service members coming home from war. The service agencies, like the VFW and the American Legion, look to get these young veterans as members. However, those agencies report that membership of younger service members is low.
Earle Gleason, director of the Yates County Veterans Department, said the first thing young veterans do after coming home is focus on their education or getting their family together. He added there are several younger veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan who have joined the VFW and American Legion.
Gleason explained it was the same way when he was younger. He said after Vietnam, other service members from his generation did not join right away. He said, “my generation took a while to realize we needed these organizations.” However, Gleason added that younger vets who have a family history of VFW and American Legion membership usually join quicker.
James Peterson, Dundee American Legion member, said they haven’t been able to too many young veterans involved in the legion. He said the commander has been trying to come up ideas to encourage new membership. However, Peterson explained the younger veterans either have families or are just not in the area any more.
Joan Scott, Schuyler County Veterans Service Agency director, said she is seeing more service members come back from overseas. However, she added their focus is more on getting jobs and spending time with family.
“It’s on the horizon,” said Scott.