Veteran’s Day is Saturday

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This weekend, we honor those military members who served our country. Veteran’s Day is Saturday, November 11, with the federal holiday being observed this Friday. There are a few events taking place to honor our veterans locally this weekend.

There are no local parades, but you can head to Manhattan for the city parade, which kicks off around 11:15 a.m. from 26th to 52nd Street along 5th Avenue. There is an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. at Madison Square Park and a wreath laying at the Eternal Light Monument at 11 a.m.

Locally, the American Legion Daniel M. O’Connell Post #272 usually holds a small ceremony at the Doughboy and GI Jane statues on Beach 95th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, which includes a prayer service and a wreath laying at the monuments. The ceremony has been held at around 11 a.m. in the past, but we could not get confirmation of this by press time.

On Saturday, November 11 from 10 a.m. to noon, all veterans are invited to a breakfast at the Child Center of NY (426 Beach 40th Street) in Far Rockaway. Veterans will be treated to a light breakfast and entertainment from the Redfern Afterschool and Beach 41st Cornerstone programs. The event is sponsored by the Child Center of NY and the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development. RSVP by calling 718-471-2061.

Also on Saturday, November 11, the VFW Post 260 in Broad Channel is hosting a party to honor veterans and raise money for the VFW. The event kicks off at 713 Shad Creek Road at 7 p.m., with live music starting at 8 p.m. The lineup includes OTR, The Rail, The Kitchen and Walker & the Brotherhood of the Grape. There will be beer for sale and raffles.

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