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Dutchess to Honor Veterans with Countywide Vehicle Convoy
Event Among Slate of Local Veterans Day Events

Published: 11/2/2020

For More Information Contact:

Adam Roche, Director Veterans Services


Poughkeepsie… Amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings and events, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Adam Roche, Director of the Dutchess County’s Division of Veterans Services, have announced Dutchess County will honor veterans with a convoy of county, police, fire, armed services, and local municipal vehicles on Veteran’s Day. The convoy will traverse through every municipality in Dutchess County to safely recognize and celebrate the sacrifices of local veterans. View a map of the route.

County Executive Molinaro said, “On Veterans Day we honor our nation’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the greater good. In their honor we will travel every corner of the county, heralding their service and once again celebrating these brave and heroic individuals. I encourage everyone to safely enjoy this convoy or any of the other community events happening throughout Dutchess. We are better, stronger and safer because of their service and sacrifice.”

At 9am on Wednesday, November 11th, the Dutchess County Veterans Day Convoy will depart the Dutchess County War Memorial, located at the intersection of Raymond Avenue and Main Street in the Town of Poughkeepsie, and travel a loop through the towns of central Dutchess County before returning to the War Memorial for a wreath laying ceremony at 11am. Following the brief ceremony, the Convoy will depart once again to travel the perimeter towns of the county, ending at the War Memorial. As it travels throughout the county, each municipality will have vehicles join the Veteran’s Day Convoy as it travels through their respective borders.

Dutchess County Veterans Services organized a vehicle convoy for Memorial Day when the traditional ceremony at the Dutchess County War Memorial was not possible due to COVID-19.   The event was well-received and, as restrictions on gathering sizes continue to be in place, Veterans Services decided to expand the convoy to ensure it traveled through every municipality.

Additionally, Veterans Services has reached out to local municipalities and community organizations and has compiled a listing of events taking place on or around Veterans Day. Residents should check with event organizers to be aware of COVID-19 precautionary guidelines for the event.

2020 Veterans Day Community Observances in Dutchess County
(Based on information provided by municipalities and community organizations, listed by date, then alphabetically by municipality)

Saturday, November 7

Fishkill Ceremony
11:00 AM
Town of Fishkill War Memorial, 801 Route 52, Fishkill
Hosted by Town of Fishkill and Dutchess County Government
Point of Contact: Greg Totino, 845-831-7800 ext. 3309

Pine Plains Ceremony
11:00 AM
American Legion Hall, 9 N. Main St., Pine Plains
Hosted by Pine Plains VFW Post #5519 & AL Post #426
Point of Contact: Robert Clinch, 518-821-7450

Wednesday, November 11

Amenia Ceremony
11:00 AM
Square War Memorial, 4958 Route 22, Amenia
Hosted by VFW Post #5444 and Town Officials
Point of Contact: Vicki Doyle, 845-489-7826

Beacon Ceremony
11:00 AM
Memorial Building, 413 Main St., Beacon
Hosted by VFW Post # 666
Point of Contact: Harold Delamater, 845-337-6509 or 845-297-8865

Dutchess County Veteran’s Day Convoy – Countywide
9:00 AM start
11:00 AM wreath laying
Starting Dutchess County War Memorial, corner of Main Street and Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie – then countywide
Point of Contact: Adam Roche, 845-486-2060

Hopewell Junction Flag Display
7:00 AM
Route 82, Hopewell Junction near the Post Office
Hosted by Manny Bacon American Legion Post 1758
Point of Contact: Jim Reynolds, 845-221-7273

Millerton Ceremony
11:00 AM
Veterans Park, intersection of Main Street and Dutchess Avenue, Millerton
Hosted by Millerton American Legion Post #178
Point of Contact: Sean M. Klay, 518-929-3624

Red Hook Ceremony
6:00 PM
Veterans Memorial Park, North Broadway, Red Hook
Hosted by VFW Post #7765
Point of Contact: William Moore, 845-758-8175

Rhinebeck Ceremony
11:00 AM
Rhinebeck Cemetery, corner of Route 9 south and Mill Road, Rhinebeck
Hosted by Women’s Auxiliary & Montgomery American Legion Post #429
Point of Contact: Dennis McGuire, 845-656-1839

Tivoli Ceremony
11:00 AM
Legion Post #524, 88 Broadway, Tivoli
Hosted by Harris Smith American Legion Post #524
Point of Contact: Thomas Mabie, 845-758-1330 or 845-417-4573

Wappinger Ceremony
1:00 PM
Town Hall, 20 Middlebush Road, Wappingers Falls
Town of Wappinger Recreation Department
Point of Contact: Jessica Fulton, 845-297-3670

Wappingers Falls Ceremony
11:00 AM
Major Joseph McDonald MIA/POW Park, East Main St., Wappingers Falls
Hosted by J.M. Goring – WM. Hurtz American Legion Post #427 & VFW Post
Point of Contact: Raymond C. Chase Jr., 845-297-2943 or 845-297-9813