Dutchess County War Memorial Ceremony Highlights Slate of Local Veterans Days Events

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Dutchess County War Memorial Ceremony
Highlights Slate of Local Veterans Days Events

Residents Encouraged to Take Part in Operation Green Light to Honor Veterans

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro and Adam Roche, Director the Dutchess County Division of Veterans’ Services, encourage residents to attend the County’s Veterans Day ceremony at the Dutchess County War Memorial on Thursday, November 11th at 11 a.m. The Dutchess County War Memorial is located at John K. Rinaldi Memorial Park at the intersection of Raymond Avenue and Main Street in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

Veterans Day is a national holiday intended to be a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Local municipalities throughout Dutchess County will also host Veterans Day ceremonies to honor and remember those who sacrificed so much.

County Executive Molinaro said, “With all that goes on in our busy lives, it is important to stop and honor the men and women who for generations have protected our nation and safeguarded our freedom. They have sacrificed tremendously so that we don’t have to. We urge Dutchess County residents to attend our Veterans Day commemoration at the Dutchess County War Memorial, or one of the many events throughout our community. Keeping the tradition of Veterans Day alive and taking to time to honor and remember all veterans have done is of utmost importance.”

Dutchess County will continue support of veterans with “Operation Green Light,” an initiative created by the New York State Association of Counties, the New York State County Executives Association the New York State County Veteran Service Officers’ Association and the 62 counties of New York State. The initiative asks New Yorkers to change one light in their home or business to green and calls on government partners across the state to illuminate municipal buildings and assets green during the week of Veterans Day to publicly recognize and thank veterans for all their service to the country. Dutchess County will join “Operation Green Light” and illuminate the County Office Building in the City of Poughkeepsie in green lights from Nov. 7-13th.

Additionally, Veterans’ Services has reached out to local municipalities and community organizations and has compiled a listing of events taking place on or around Veterans Day.   Residents should check with event organizers to be aware of COVID-19 precautionary guidelines for the event.

2021 Veterans Day

Community Observances

(Based on information provided by municipalities and community organizations.)



Date & Time:        Thursday, November 11, 2021, 11 a.m.
Location:                Square War Memorial, 4958 Route 22, Amenia
Hosted by:             VFW Post #5444 and Town Officials
Contact:                 Vicki Doyle, 845-489-7826


                               Date & Time:        Thursday, November 11, 2021, 11 a.m.
Location:                Memorial Building (inside), 413 Main St., Beacon
Hosted by:             VFW Post #666

  Contact:                 Harold Delamater, 845-337-6509 or 845-297-8865


East Fishkill:


  Date & Time:        Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 7 a.m.

                                Event #1               Honor Guard Ceremony at Flagpole 

                                Location:               John Jay High School


                                Date & Time:        Thursday, November 11, 2021, 7 a.m.

   Event #2               Flag Display of 200 Flags

   Location:                Area of 799 Route 82, Hopewell Junction

Distributing Poppies at following locations:

Flory’s Market on Route 82

Convenient Mart on Route 52 & 82

                                Hosted by:             Manny Bacon American Legion Post 1758

                                Point of Contact: Jim Reynolds, 845-221-7273

Millerton:              (Including Town of North East)

                         Date & Time:      Thursday, November 11, 2021, 11 a.m.


   Location:                Veterans Park, intersection of Main Street and Dutchess Ave

   Hosted by:             Millerton American Legion Post #178

   Point of Contact: Sean M. Klay, 518-929-3624

Red Hook:           


   Date & Time:        Thursday, November 11, 2021, 6 p.m.


                                Location:                Veterans Memorial Park, North Broadway

                                Hosted by:             Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7765

                                Contact:                 William Moore, 845-758-8175



  Date & Time:        Thursday, November 11, 2021, 11 a.m.


  Location:               Dough Boy Statue across from Fire Dept., East Market Street

Continue to Rhinebeck Cemetery, corner of Route 9 South & Mill Road

  Hosted by:             Women’s Auxiliary & Montgomery American Legion Post #429

  Contact:                 Dennis McGuire, 845-656-1839


Town of Fishkill:

                                Date & Time:        Thursday, November 11, 2021, 11 a.m.                                                                                                                                            
Location:                Town of Fishkill War Memorial
Hosted by:             Town of Fishkill
Contact:                 Greg Totino, 831-7800 ext. 3309

Pine Plains:

                                Date & Time:        Thursday, November 11, 2021, 11 a.m.


                                Location:               American Legion Hall, 9 North Main Street, Pine Plains

                                Hosted By:             VFW Post #5519 and AL Post #426

                                Contact:                 Robert Clinch, 518-821-7450

Town of Poughkeepsie:

                                Date & Time:        Thursday, November 11, 2021, 11 a.m.
Laying of Wreath
Location:                Dutchess County War Memorial, Raymond Ave & Main Street
Hosted by:             Dutchess County Veterans’ Services
Contact:                 Paige Condon, 845-486-2060


  Date & Time:        Thursday, November 11, 2021, 1 p.m.
  Location:                Town Hall, 20 Middlebush Road, Wappinger Falls
Hosted by:             Town of Wappinger Recreation Department
Contact:                 Jessica Fulton, 845-297-0720



                                Date & Time:        Thursday, November 11, 2021, 11 a.m.


                                Location:                Legion Post #524, 88 Broadway, Tivoli

                                Hosted by:             Harris Smith American Legion Post #524

                                Contact:                 Fred Gruntler, 518-537-4948


Village of Wappingers Falls:

                                Date & Time:        Thursday, November 11, 2021, 11 a.m.


   Location:               Major Joseph McDonald MIA/POW Park, East Main St., Wappingers

                                Hosted by:             J.M. Goring WM. Hurtz American Legion Post #427 & VFW Post #5913

                               Point of Contact:  Raymond C. Chase Jr., 845-297-2943 or 845-297-98

Author: Harlem Valley News