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Dutchess County’s 11th Annual Veterans Appreciation Day Saturday, November 5th

Published: 10/26/2016

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Colleen Pillus

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro and Division of Veterans’ Services Director Nelson Eddy Rivera, USN (Ret) invite residents to the 11th Annual Dutchess County Veterans Appreciation Day on Saturday, November 5th at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park.  The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., with the Medal Presentation Ceremony beginning at noon.

“Our Veterans Appreciation Day event is a chance to gather together as a community to say “thank you” to the courageous men and women of our Armed Forces, both past and present, who have served our nation and earned our gratitude,” said County Executive Molinaro.   “This year’s event will celebrate the service and sacrifice of our local veterans, connect them with resources available to them and their families, and retiring US Congressman Chris Gibson, a veteran of the United States Army.”

The Veterans Appreciation Day event celebrates all those who have honorably served our country.  There will be representatives from various county, federal, and state governments to provide information about programs and services for veterans, including presentations regarding home financing programs and health insurance options.  Dutchess County Clerk Brad Kendall will be on hand to issue "Return the FAVOR (Find and Assist Veteran of Record)” discount cards, which entitle veterans to discounts at more than 200 businesses throughout the County.    Veterans interested in obtaining their FAVOR card should bring a copy of their Honorably Discharged Full-Time Active Duty Separation Papers (DD214, WD-AGO, Navpers 553, etc.) and a picture ID showing Dutchess County as their county of residence.

“I am pleased to share that in addition to our Medal Ceremony, we will have more than 40 agencies, organizations, and vendors available to provide veterans and their families with information and services,” said Director Rivera.  “We are so grateful to those who have served in our military, and we especially want to make sure that each and every veteran receives the services they have earned through their service to protecting our nation.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Castle Point Food Pantry.  Event attendees can also take advantage of complimentary admission to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum.

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 Division of Veterans Services at 845-486-2060 or visit