Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today invited New Yorkers and visitors to celebrate Veterans Day at New York's many historic sites where veterans helped shaped state and national history. The Governor’s Path Through History initiative, which highlights historically and culturally significant sites and events throughout New York State, enables sightseers to learn about and visit historic battlefields and museums honoring the contributions made by our nation’s veterans.
“It is a privilege to have so many historic sites in New York. I encourage residents and visitors alike to honor the service, the bravery and the sacrifices made by our nation's veterans by visiting one of the state’s many heritage sites this Veterans Day,” Governor Cuomo said.
“Many of our state historic sites and others found along the Path Through History honor and preserve the stories of veterans who served our nation with distinction,” State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. “Learning about the accomplishments and sacrifices of these men and women in our history is an excellent way to celebrate Veterans Day.”
The following sites will be open to the public to commemorate Veterans Day, which takes place on Tuesday, November 11th:
Bennington Battlefield, Rensselaer County
Visit the location of an August 1777 Revolutionary War battle that was critical to the later American victory in the Battles of Saratoga. Grounds will be open Veterans Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Herkimer Home, Herkimer County
Visit the home of Revolutionary War hero General Nicholas Herkimer. Although seriously wounded in the leg, Herkimer kept command during the fierce combat of the Battle of Oriskany. He later died of his wounds and was immediately viewed a martyr to the cause of American freedom, and his home became a shrine. The grounds of the home are open from dawn to dusk.
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Orange County
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New York's Hudson River Valley honors the men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart. The Hall of Honor will conduct a brief ceremony and wreath laying in commemoration of Veterans Day, which will take place outside, weather permitting, by the flag poles at the Hall of Honor at 2 p.m.
At 2:30 p.m. there will be a brief tribute to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the formal start to the Vietnam War. Seating for this portion of the free program is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. To make a reservation, call 845-561-1765.
Old Fort Niagara, Niagara County
Commemorate the centennial of World War One by learning about Fort Niagara's role in the conflict. The program begins at 2:00 pm on Veterans Day at the Fort Niagara Officers Club and then moves to Fort Niagara State Park for a walking tour of the World War One Army base. Meet a U.S. Doughboy from the era and learn about the challenges faced by the United States when we entered the war in 1917. Admission is free.
New Windsor Cantonment, Orange County
The New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site will take part in an off-site cooperative Veterans Day program with the Temple Hill Association to relay the events that led to a duel between top officers of the Contintental Army in the Revolutionary War. The program will take place Sunday, Nov. 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Edmonston House, located at 1042 Route 94 in New Windsor. Admission is free. For more information, call (845) 561-1765 ext. 22.
Sackets Harbor Battlefield, Jefferson County
Visit Sackets Harbor Battlefield, a center of American naval and military activity in the War of 1812. The grounds will be open dawn to dusk.
Stony Point Battlefield, Rockland County
Visit Stony Point Battlefield, the site of a decisive Revolutionary War battle during which American forces seized control of the Hudson River from the British. The grounds will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to the above list, museums like the New York State Military Museum, forts and battlefields like Fort Stanwix, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point allow members of the public to visit and commemorate veterans. Information on these and other sites can be found on the Path Through History website, http://www.iloveny.com/paththroughhistory.
Path Through History was created by Governor Cuomo in 2012 and builds on New York’s already robust heritage tourism attractions. The initiative, which is part of the State’s I LOVE NEW YORK tourism campaign, is focused on thirteen themes: Arts & Culture, Canals & Transportation, Civil Rights, Colonial History, Immigration, Innovation & Commerce, Native Americans, Natural History, the Revolutionary War, Sports History, U.S. Presidents, the War of 1812 and Women’s Rights. Important heritage sites and events across the state were selected for inclusion in Path Through History with input from leading historians.
To assist disabled New York veterans, Governor Cuomo created the new Lifetime Liberty Pass, which offers free vehicle entry to State Parks and Department of Environmental Conservation-operated day-use areas, as well as numerous State boat launch sites, historic sites, arboretums and park preserves; free golf at 28 State Park golf courses; free swimming pool entrance at 36 State Park pools, and discounted camping and cabin rentals at all 119 State Park and DEC campgrounds. To qualify for the pass, the veteran must provide State Parks with written certification from the United States Veterans Administration or the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs that the applicant is a war veteran with a 40 percent or greater service connected disability. Visit the State Parks website for more information and an application: http://nysparks.com/admission/lifetime-liberty-pass.aspx.
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