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Celebrations around the north country Saturday to honor our veterans.
Cape Vincent Parade
In Cape Vincent, a parade was held to remember the sacrifices of our veterans. The parade went from the Cape Vincent American Legion to the village monument on Esseltyne Street.
Harold Wiley, who served with the Army in Japan after World War II, said he was thankful for the community that rallies around veterans.
"Everybody recognizes our service and even more so than we probably deserve, Wiley said. "They do a lot for us."
The parade was followed by a small reception at the Cape Vincent American Legion.
Watertown VFW Ceremony
Spending the day to salute our veterans has become a tradition for the Watertown VFW, which hosts a special ceremony each and every Veterans Day.
"Our veterans are what helped build this nation, said Stephen Roberts,Watertown VFW Post commander: "This is a huge honor to be able to say thank you to our veterans. That's what this weekend is all about. This is not a day of mourning, this is a day of celebration."
The ceremony started indoors where awards were handed out to young winners of a writing competition about patriotism.
It then carried on outside for a wreath laying to signify the divisions of veterans who have served.
"I served 26 years on active duty. I was deployed four times. None of that adds up to the amount of satisfaction, the amount of honor, the amount of respect, when you get to honor all of our veterans that we have in our world today," Roberts said.
Salvation Army Dinner
A bunch of ribs turned into a delicious Veterans Day dinner at Watertown's Salvation Army. About a dozen volunteers put together the free meal to honor those who served.. Over 100 people stopped by, 30 being veterans.
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