Parades and a Dedication in Recognition of Veterans Day
Sunday is Veterans Day, a time to recognize all those who served in the military, both living and dead. Originally known as Armistice Day, it has been observed since 1919, the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I, though Veterans Day did not become a national holiday until 1938.
On Sunday, the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, a parade will be held in East Hampton at noon. Veterans will take a short walk from Citarella to the Village Green for a ceremony. This year, the parade will be followed by a dedication of a rock and plaque in memory of William (Pat) Flynn, the only soldier from East Hampton killed in action in Vietnam, on April 28, 1968. The veterans and supporters will walk over to North Main Street for the memorial dedication ceremony by the entrance to the parking lot next to East Hampton Grill.
In Sag Harbor, the Veterans Day parade steps off at 10 a.m. on Sunday, beginning at the Civil War monument at the fork of Main and Madison Streets and heading down Main Street onto Bay Street to the Chelberg-Battle Post of the American Legion. Max Yardley will be the speaker, along with Hap Wils and Paul Gerecke, who is the legion's commander. Coffee and doughnuts will be served afterward.
On Monday, Veterans Day will be commemorated at 10 a.m. at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center’s Suzanne Koch Gosman flagpole garden. There will be patriotic songs, some played by the 96-year-old saxophonist Pat DeRosa, who is a veteran of World War II, and a flag-raising ceremony attended by local Boy and Girl Scouts. Coffee and light snacks will be served afterward in the senior nutrition center.