Monday (November 11) is Veterans Day, honoring the brave men and women who have served in America’s armed forces.
Locally, several events have been planned to do so here in Cortland County. Here are a few of them:
3rd Annual Veterans Day Breakfast
The Cortland City Police Department will co-host their 3rd Annual Veterans Day Breakfast from 9 to 11:00 a.m. at the Community Restaurant, 10 North Main Street in Cortland, an even co-hosted by the Cortlandville Lowe’s store.
A complimentary breakfast buffet will be provided to all Veterans with proof of service. Non-Veterans can also get a plate for just $5.
The event will also recognize a local Veteran who continues to display exemplary service to his or her Cortland Community.
Veterans Day Dinner
The Homer American Legion will host a Veterans Day dinner from Noon – 6:00 p.m at Post #465, located at 63 South Main Street in the village.
Veterans eat free, with family friendly pricing for non-veterans.
Veterans Day Watchfire
The CNY Living History Center will host a special event from 5:30-7:30 p.m., where local Veterans will be honored and retired & tattered flags will be respectfully destroyed.
If possible, please drop off your flags a day prior to the museum, located at 4386 US-11 in Cortland.
Light refreshments will be available following the ceremony.
SUNY Cortland Veterans Day Event
SUNY Cortland will thank and honor veterans, including faculty, staff, alumni, students and members of the Cortland community during a celebration set for 3 p.m. in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge.
Keynote speaker Brandon Gilbert is a master sergeant enlisted in the Air Force National Guard, who will address “What Veterans Day Means to Me.”
Master Sgt. Gilbert has served three combat tours in Afghanistan in 2010, 2012 and 2019 and one in Iraq in 2019, and now works full time as an officer for SUNY Cortland’s University Police Department.
Free Fishing Day
Governor Cuomo has declared Veterans Day a “free fishing day” statewide, allowing both residents and non-residents to fish for free without a license.
“New York is home to some of the best fishing spots in the county,” Governor Cuomo said. “Designating Veterans Day as one of our Free Fishing Days is just one way to acknowledge the bravery and significant contributions of our state’s veterans while offering them the opportunity to enjoy all New York’s world-class waters have to offer.”
Legislation signed by the Governor in 2015 allowed an increase in the number of authorized statewide Free Fishing Days.
Every year since, Veterans Day has been designated as a Free Fishing Day.