Honor Veterans on Nov. 11

Ceremonies at Monuments, Lunch at Utica Post

Veterans, family members and public officials will remember the sacrifices of war veterans at six memorials and monuments in Utica on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Coordinated by Utica Post 229, with help from Military Order of the Purple Heart, Vietnam Veterans of America, Polish League of American Veterans and several other veterans groups, the ceremonies get under way at 11 a.m. at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Oneida Square.

“The ceremonies will last 10 to 15 minutes at each site,” said Veterans Day Chairman Paul Wojcik. Retired Army Chaplain Col. Gary Howard will offer a prayer, Color Guard squads will present the colors, and veterans, family members and public officials will take turns laying a wreath at each of the sites. He noted that Colonel Howard was the chaplain to Gen. David Petraeus when the general was the U.S. commander in Iraq.

After Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the group proceeds to the Parkway to stop at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, POW-MIA Monument and World War I/World War II/Korean War Monument. After that will be Purple Heart Park on Whitesboro Street in West Utica, and finally, All Veterans Memorial at Utica’s Main Post Office on Pitcher Street.

The day begins and ends at Utica Post 229, with coffee and doughnuts at 9:30 a.m. and lunch for veterans from 11 to 2. A bus will be at the Post by 10:15 to take participants who want a ride to the monuments and memorials, and back to the post for lunch by 1 p.m.