Veterans Day honored across Cortland County

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Today, we honor the men and women — both living and deceased — who either served in our nation’s armed forces or continue to do so.

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The latest data shows over 3,000 veterans currently residing in Cortland County.

More than 718k live across the state and roughly 18 million nationwide. That represents about seven percent of all American adults.

New York is also home to more than 200 Gold Star families who lost a loved one during the Iraq War.

Homer Police Department thanked all veterans, especially those currently working with the agency.

School Resource Officers David Van Orden and Steve Morgan both served in the Army; Officers Jay Forbes and Brandon Gilbert were both members of the Air Force.

Expressions of gratitude were also given by the city of Cortland Police and Cortland County Sheriff’s departments.

Marathon Central School District students did their part to honor local Vets yesterday with a drive-by parade.
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(Marathon CSD photo)


Additionally, several local events/deals are planned for the special day:

Cortland VFW Post #2354 — 76 Main St., Cortland

  • Cider and doughnuts available beginning at 8 am
  • Brief ceremony held outside the post at 11:11 am

SUNY Cortland

  • Virtual ceremony at 3 pm (link here)
  • Peter Perkins, a U.S. Air Force medical technician from 1976 to 1982 and current vice president of Institutional Advancement at SUNY Cortland, will deliver the keynote address.

City of Cortland Police Department/ C’ville Lowe’s Home Improvement Store

  • 4th Annual Veterans Day event
  • Typically breakfast, but this year lunch at Gorgers Restaurant (101 Main St., Cortland)
  • Complimentary meal ($10 value) for Veterans with proof of service throughout the afternoon.

Homer American Legion Post #465 — 63 South Main St., Homer

  • Veteran’s Day Chicken & Biscuit Dinner today from 3:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Take out only. Each meal is $8, and Veterans eat free.

Homer Elks Lodge #2506 — 82 Cortland St, Homer

  • Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday (11/15) from 4:00 – 7:00pm

Cortland Beer Company — 16 Court St., Cortland

  • 50% off all drafts and growler fills for Veterans on Wednesday, November 11

Friendly’s — 170 Clinton Ave., Cortland

  • Free meal for Veterans

Tops Friendly Markets — 3932 State Route 281, Cortland

  • 11 percent discount off total order to all veterans and immediate family members
  • Customers should present proof of service that they, or a family member living in the same household are a U.S. Veteran, active duty, reserve or retired military personnel 

This list may be updated.

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