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News Release

November 7, 2011      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Residents Encouraged to Celebrate Local Veterans


Poughkeepsie…Veterans Day is Friday, November 11th.    Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Division of Veterans Services Director Nelson Eddy Rivera, USN (Ret) encourage Dutchess County residents to celebrate our veterans on November 11th by participating in one or more of the numerous Veterans Day events planned across the county.   Veterans Day is a national holiday intended to be a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “Veterans Day is a wonderful opportunity for each of us to take the time to say THANK YOU to all of our local veterans for their dedicated and loyal service to our country. Attend one of the many events being hosted throughout our community this week, take a moment to shake a veteran’s hand and let them all know how much we appreciate the sacrifices they have made to keep our country free.”

“Our veterans represent the best of America. Coming from every background and every walk of life, they represent the rich tapestry of our nation and the multitude of cultures that make the United States a great place to live,” said Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services Director Nelson Eddy Rivera, USN (Ret).

The Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services reached out to local municipalities and community organizations and has compiled a listing of events taking place on or around Veterans Day.   The event listing follows below with contact information provided for additional inquiries.

2011 Veterans Day Community Events
(Based on information provided by municipalities and community organizations.)

Castle Point VA Hospital:
Thursday, November 10, 2011 @ 2:00 PM
Ceremony: VA Hudson Valley Health Care System Hospital, Castle Point Campus, Fishkill - Multi-Purpose Room #100
Contact: Yvette Rodriguez @ 845-831-2000 ext. 5135

Thursday, November 10, 2011 @ 6:30 PM
Dinner: 5th Annual Veterans Day Dinner and Awards Program
Location:  Legion Post 178, 155 RT 44 Millerton NY
Hosted by:  American Legion Post 178
Cost: $10 adults, $5 Children 12 and under.
Pork Roast Dinner with all the fixings will be served
Point of Contact:  Sean Klay @ 518-929-3624

Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 11:00 AM
Ceremony:  Fountain Square War Memorial - Intersection of Routes 44, 22 and 343 at M&T Bank, Amenia, NY.
Hosted by: Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post 5444 and Amenia Town Board
Point of Contact:  Vicki Doyle @ 845-489-7826;

Friday November 11, 2011 @ 11:00 AM
Ceremony: 413 Main Street, Beacon, NY in front of Memorial Building
Hosted by: Carmen Ramputi Det. 861 Marine Corps League of Dutchess County 
Point of Contact: Moe Baxter @ 845-831-8687

Hyde Park:
Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 10:45 AM
Ceremony: Hyde Park Town Hall, 4383 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY
Hosted by:  Hyde Park American Legion Post 1303
Point of Contact: Mike Athanas @ 845-229-5638 or Jim Monks 845-229-7256

Hyde Park:  
Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 7:00PM
“A Salute to Our Veterans” @ The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home.
Hosted by:  The Sound of Live Radio Network and Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce 
For more information visit: for free tickets call Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services @ 486-2060.

Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 11:00 AM
Ceremony:  Village Green, Front Street, Millbrook, NY
Hosted by:  Millbrook VFW Post #9008 and American Legion Parker-Haight Post #260
Point of Contact: Lon Moore, VFW Post 9008; @ 845-392-4911,

Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 11:00 AM
Ceremony:  Veterans Park, Millerton (Intersection of Main Street and Dutchess Avenue)
Hosted by:  American Legion Post 178
Point of Contact:  Sean Klay @ 518-929-3624

Red Hook:
Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 7:00 PM
Ceremony: Memorial Park, Red Hook, NY (Route 9)
Hosted by: Red Hook VFE Post 7765
Point of Contact: Bill Moore @ 845-758-8175

Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 11:00 AM
Ceremony: Rhinebeck Cemetery Route 9 Rhinebeck
Hosted by:  Montgomery Post 429 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary
Point of Contact:  Melodie Molinare @ 845-876-8887

Town of Poughkeepsie:
Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 10:15 AM
Ceremony:  John K. Rinaldi Memorial Park, at the corner of Main Street and Raymond Avenue.
Hosted by: Dutchess County War Memorial Committee
Point of Contact: John Santiamo @

Town of Wappinger:
Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 1:00 PM
Ceremony:  Schlathaus Park – Soldiers’ Memorial, corner of Myers Corners and All Angels Hill Roads.
Hosted by: Town of Wappinger
Point of Contact: Mark Price or Donna Lenhart at the Wappinger Recreation Office @ 845-297-0720.

Village of Fishkill:
Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 11:00 AM
Ceremony: War Memorial Village of Fishkill, Main Street
Hosted by: Village of Fishkill
Point of Contact: Frank Straub @ 845-897-4075

Town of Milan:
Saturday, November 12, 2011 @ 11:00 AM
Ceremony:  Milan Town Hall, Town of Milan, 20 Wilcox Circle – off Route 199
Hosted by:  Milan Veterans Committee
Point of Contact:  Tim Williams @ 845-876-3158 or

Sunday, November 13, 2011 @ 4:00 PM
“Sing-Along” concert of patriotic and choral music to honor our Veterans. Academy at Barclay Street, Poughkeepsie.
Hosted by: Christ Episcopal Church
Point of Contact: Father Rider, Christ Episcopal Church @ 845-452-8220

Pleasant Valley:
Friday, November 18, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
“Sing-Along” presented by the Third Grade Students of Joseph D’Aquanni West Road Intermediate School, 181 West Road, Pleasant Valley.
Hosted by: Joseph D’Aquanni West Road Intermediate School
Point of Contact: Susan Birchman @ 845-635-4310

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