Tomorrow is the 99th annual observance of Veterans Day, a day for all of us nationwide to pause and reflect on the incredible sacrifices so many men and women have made to keep us safe here at home and overseas. With many veterans in the Twill community and Twill family, this is a day and a weekend that hits very close to home.
The Capital Region has several Veterans Day observances taking place this weekend. All are open to the public:
Friday, Nov. 10:
• Free Admission Day: Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany. 10 a.m. A drop-in flag art project 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to decorate flags in the art studio.
• Celebration, 2 p.m. at Saratoga Senior Center, 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs. 2 p.m. Free. Tim Clark, former U.S. Air Force B-52 pilot, will portray Charles Lindbergh. Also, information about Saratoga WarHorse's veterans program for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress.
• Marine Corps Birthday Bash, 8 p.m. Bayou Cafe Glenville, 507 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills. Dress Blues welcome. Hosted by Iwo Jima Survivors of New York's Capital Region.
Saturday, Nov. 11:
• Mass, 9 a.m. at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 43 Brookside Ave., Wynantskill, to remember and honor living and deceased veterans. Rev. Anthony Ligato and Rev. Edward Deimeke preside. A special ceremony with playing of Taps by the members of the American Legion Post 1489 follows.
• Observance, 9 a.m. at the USS Slater, only World War II destroyer afloat in America, docked south of the Dunn Memorial Bridge, Albany. The ship will be open for guided tours until 4 p.m. Admission: $9, $7 children. 518-431-1943 or http://www.ussslater.org.
• Celebration, 10:30 a.m. at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland, 428 Route 146, Altamont. Flag-raising ceremony led by Colonie VFW Post 8692, assembly of military care packages and performance of patriotic songs. 518-861-5141, Ext. 136.
• Parade, 11 a.m., starts at corner of Central Avenue and Ontario Street, Albany, and proceeds down Central Avenue to Washington Avenue. The reviewing stand is on the steps of the Education Building. Co-grand marshals for the parade are Jack Clancy and Jimmy Brown, co-founders of the Tri-County Council of Vietnam Era Veterans. http://www.albanyny.org.
• Dedication of a new fallen soldier monument, 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, Stephentown. Featured speaker will be former Congressman Chris Gibson. 518-733-6504 or 518-794-6086.
Monday, Nov. 13:
• Observance, 11 a.m. at Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Hudson. Ceremony followed by complimentary lunch, presentation of scholarships to student veterans and final round of the 22-Push-up Challenge, a national effort to bring awareness to veteran suicide prevention. 518-828-4181, Ext. 3373 or http://sunycgcc.edu.
From the very bottom of our hearts, thank you to all those that serve and have served! We are forever grateful for the unimaginable sacrifices - big and small - that are made to keep our families and country safe.