Veterans Day, on Thursday, is meant to honor both living members of the armed forces and those who were in the military and lost their lives.
The holiday dates back to Nov. 11, 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed an Armistice Day to remember the end of the first World War.
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations," Wilson said, according to the U.S. Army Center of Military History.
There will be no mail delivery on Veterans Day.
On Thursday, American Legion Post 326 will conduct flag ceremonies for deceased veterans throughout the morning before a parade down Main Street at 11 a.m.
Each year flags, in honor of deceased veterans, are raised or lowered on both Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Lowered flags are presented to the honored veteran's family.
Services in Lake Placid will be as follows:
At 9:35 a.m. a flag will be lowered for Edmond Shea and raised for Walter Otis at the Adirondack Community Church.
At 9:55 a.m. a flag will be lowered for Bernie Baker and raised for Gene Brewster at the Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid.
At 10:10 a.m. a flag will be lowered for Vernon Ware and raised for Claude and Herbert Rock at AMC-Uihlein.
The parade down Main Street will begin at 11 a.m., ending at the American Legion Post 326 where the conclusion of the flag ceremonies will take place. Flags will be retired for Phelps Bigelow, William Hurley and Robert Jesmer. Flags will be raised for Richard Clark, Stanley Porter and Charles Hare. A light luncheon at the Legion post will follow.
Saranac Lake's Veteran's Day service will be held Thursday in the auditorium of the Harrietstown Town Hall. Organizers are asking those who attend to be there by 10:50 a.m. so the 11 a.m. service can start on time. The ceremony will feature a speech by Saranac Lake Police Sgt. James Law, who served in Iraq with the New York Army National Guard, as well as remarks by Col. Eric Olsen, New York state chaplain for the state Division of Military and Naval Affairs, and others. A reception will be held following the service at the Veterans' Memorial Association at 202 Broadway.
The Tupper Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion will lead a Veterans Day service at the veterans memorial next to the State Theater on Park Street starting at 11 a.m. U.S. Navy Cmdr. Paul Maroun, who is also Tupper Lake's representative in the Franklin County Legislature, will be the guest speaker.
At 2 p.m., the VFW and American Legion will have a ceremony at AMC-Mercy for the veterans there.
Town of Keene
A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day at the memorial site at Norton Cemetery in Keene.
Keene Central School in Keene Valley and the town offices in Keene will be closed that day, but the libraries in both Keene and Keeve Valley will observe normal hours.