Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Veterans Service Agency Director Nelson Eddy Rivera, USN (Ret) have announced the 4th Annual Dutchess County Veterans Appreciation Day will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the Roosevelt Library and Home in Hyde Park. The event will take place from 12pm until 3pm. The highlight of the event will be a Medal Presentation Ceremony beginning at 2pm.
“Our Veterans Appreciation Day event is a chance to gather together as a community to say THANK YOU to our local veterans for their service to our country,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
The Veterans Appreciation Day celebrates all those who have honorably served their country from the Dutchess County area. There will be over twenty five representatives from various Federal, State and local agencies to provide information about services available to local veterans including health benefits for Veterans, employment assistance, home loan programs, County services and much more.
Event attendees can take advantage of complimentary admission to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum as well as a complimentary viewing of the “A Rendezvous with History” film. There will also be entertainment and refreshments throughout the day.
County Executive Steinhaus will present five local veterans with medals earned for their service in World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. The Medal Presentation Ceremony, held at 2pm, is considered to be the highlight of the Veteran’s Appreciation Day event. More than 40 medals and certificates will be presented including a Bronze Star and Purple Heart award. “It is very emotional for these veterans to be recognized so many years later,” said Steinhaus. “It means so much to them to have family and friends there with them as their hard earned medals are presented to them.”
This year, the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, Castle Point will have staff available to help veterans who are currently registered in the VA medical system get their new Veterans Information Card (VIC). In an effort to prevent identity theft, new VICs are being issued that only have the veteran’s name and photo. Social security number and date of birth will no longer be printed on the cards. Veterans will be able to have their photo taken for their new VIC right at the event.
Veterans Service Agency Director Nelson Eddy Rivera, USN (Ret) said, “We are so proud of each and every man and woman who has served and is currently serving in our military. This event lets us celebrate their service and gives us an opportunity to share information about the wealth of services available to our veterans and their families.”
The Dutchess County Veterans Appreciation Day is open to all veterans and their families as well as the general public. For further information, please contact the Dutchess County Veterans Service Agency at 845-486-2060 or visit http://www.dutchessny.gov/.