November 3, 2010
Celebrating Oswego County's Veterans
Thursday, November 11 is Veterans Day. On this patriotic occasion, let's take a moment out of our daily routine to thank a veteran and celebrate their generous service to our country.
American veterans have been protecting our freedoms for generations, yet Veterans Day as we know it today is less than a century old. The holiday was originally designated as Armistice Day in 1919 to celebrate the end of World War I. Thirty-five years later, after World War II and the Korean War, it was amended to Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars.
Here in Oswego County, we will be celebrating Veterans Day with ceremonies and observances. At 11 a.m., there will be a flag-retiring ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park on Water Street in Oswego, as well as an observance and memorial dedication at Veterans Park on Mill Street in Hannibal.
Fulton will also host a ceremony at 11 a.m. in the Veterans Park on North Second Street, followed by a free luncheon at the V.F.W. Post #569 on Cayuga Street. The American Legion Post #858 on county Route 49 in Cleveland will host an open house from 12 to 4 p.m. where visitors can enjoy refreshments and view displays of military memorabilia and wartime artifacts. Check with your local V.F.W. or American Legion post to find more Veterans Day activities.
In the words of President John F. Kennedy, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
Yet another way we honor the more than 18,000 veterans living in Oswego County is by providing assistance to them through the Oswego County Veterans' Services Office. Director Donna Kestner and the capable staff help veterans and their dependents and family members navigate various state and federal benefits. These programs include: compensation, pension, education and training, vocal rehabilitation, health care, home loan guarantees, life insurance, and burial and survivor benefits.
We know full well the sacrifices made by the men and women in our nation's Armed Forces and understand the challenges they face trying to access their benefits. I am also a veteran, having served during the Vietnam War with the U.S. Marine Corps. I am humbled and proud of the generous support for veterans in our many communities.
We have more than 50 local businesses that offer military discounts to service men and women through the Oswego County Community Development, Tourism and Planning Department's military discount program. To see the complete list, click here.
For more information about veterans services in Oswego County, contact the veterans services office at 315-591-9100. Oswego County businesses that would like to join the county's military discount program can contact the tourism office at 315-349-8322 or by .
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