Annual Veterans Day ceremony in Patchogue Monday
Veterans Day will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at the Four Corners in Patchogue Village on Nov. 11.

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Annual Veterans Day ceremony in Patchogue Monday

Story By: NICOLE FUENTES
11/7/2019


Veterans Day is unique in the fact that it is the only holiday that celebrates, honors and recognizes all living veterans regardless of whether they were combat or non-combat vets, women or men, across all branches of service.

This year, the Patchogue United Veteran Organization, including the American Legion Post 269, AMVETS Post 111 and the VFW Post 2913, will host its annual ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11 at the Four Corners in Patchogue Village, starting at 10:30 a.m. Directly following at 11 a.m., a second round of medallions will be unveiled honoring the three veteran organizations. Last year, a medallion for the five branches of service was unveiled and installed at the Four Corners in front of Arooga’s.

The stones were purchased earlier this year as part of the Lights on Veterans program, in addition to a grant secured by Legis. Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue). The total cost for all four medallions was about $8,000. The remaining three medallions, to be unveiled on Monday, will be temporarily installed at the Veterans Memorial Park on South Ocean Avenue with the hopes of obtaining grant money to move them permanently to the four corners.

According to VFW commander Dave Rogers, the stones cannot be placed at the four corners just yet. The entire curb will have to be replaced to meet ADA compliancy, a costly project.

“Veterans Day is celebrated on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, but it really is a celebration of all veterans,” Rogers said, hoping people will come out to show their support.

Restaurants like the Village Idiot and others will be offering discounted or free meals for veterans. Another way people can help, Rogers said, is to donate to the local veteran organizations to help them maintain their many community service programs.

Third annual Veterans Day commemoration

The third annual Veterans Day Commemoration of the new headstones — replaced from the Civil War on — will take place on Veterans Day, Nov. 9, at Patchogue’s Lakeview Cemetery.

For the past three years, the Cemetery Restoration Committee of Patchogue has worked with the U.S. Veterans Administration to replace damaged or missing headstones for a number of Civil War veterans, and raised funds to professionally re-set the stones in the historic Lakeview cemeteries. Three new Civil War stones and two restored Revolutionary War veterans stones will be unveiled in this year’s ceremony at 11 a.m. The headstone re-dedication ceremony will be hosted by the CRC and conducted by the Richard J. Clark Camp 210, Sons of Union Veterans of Patchogue, re-enactors of the 67th NY Infantry who will render funeral honors with a rifle salute in period uniform, and Mike Amodio, past commander of the VFW and AMVETS, who will play taps.

Color guards for the ceremony will be provided by Patchogue veterans’ groups from VFW Jayne-Lattin Post 2913, American Legion Patchogue Post 269, AMVETS Hammond Biggs Post, and scouts from Boy Scout Troop 540 and Cub Scout Pack 543.

CRC is part of the Greater Patchogue Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. CRC has worked for a number of years to restore and maintain the property at the corner of West Main Street and Waverly Avenue, commonly called Lakeview Cemetery, that contains five historic cemeteries dating to the late 1700s.