Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, this week’s Election Day reminded us that every vote really does count. In fact, in the Slaughter/Assini race, as we speak, the vote is still being counted. What also counts, is the many brave men and women who have sacrificed and served for the freedoms we share, including the right to vote.
Vetrans Day is this coming Tuesday, but there’s no time like the present to honor our heroes:
1. Buffalo Bills Annual Salute to Service: Sunday, November 9th
If you were fortunate to score a ticket, you’ll see it live this Sunday, but the rest of us will have to settle for watching it on TV because the event is sold out! Members from each area of the armed services will be honored and 150 National Guardsman will be on hand to display a field size American flag.
2. Tops Friendly Markets: Tuesday, November 11
This grocery store will offer military personnel 11% off of their grocery bill. From their press release:
“The respect and gratitude we have for the people who serve and have served in the military is immeasurable,” said Frank Curci, Tops chairman, president and CEO. “We wanted to take action by giving back to our associates and customers who have courageously defended our country and made many sacrifices through their military service.”
3. Walk, Run or Roll!
Vets 5K in Brockport
The College at Brockport, Veterans Day 5K Run, Walk or Roll to be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 15.
This is a great race that raises funds for a student veteran scholarship. New this year will be the Veterans Administration’s new RV on site. Also present will be the Armed Forces Relaxation Project (free massages for veterans) and a card-making station where attendees can make cards for troops overseas.
The entrance fee is $20 for the public ($5 for veterans). For more information and/or to register, go to brockport.edu/veteransday.
Race at RIT
Rochester Institute of Technology will hold its second RIT Veterans Day 5K Run/Walk at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Proceeds benefit the Veterans Outreach Center, a Rochester nonprofit that supports local veterans as they reintegrate into civilian life.
This year’s race is being hosted by Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings, two organizations directly affiliated with both the Air Force Association and Air Force ROTC.
Race fee is $20 on the day of, but is free for active and retired veterans.
Stars & Stripes 5K VeteRun & Kids’ Fun Run
Time: 11AM, Registration opens 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Anne Shannon
Cost: $25 postmarked by Nov 7th; $30 after November 7th and race day;Checks payable to: Stars & Stripes 5K VeteRun, P.O. Box 465, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472.All Veterans $10 with i.d.; Kids Boot Camp Fun Run (under age 8): $5/kid; $15 family max.
Registration Location: Stewart Lodge, Douglas Road Mendon Ponds Park.
Race Location:Stewart Lodge, Douglas Road Mendon Ponds Park.
Directions: from Rochester: Route 65 South to Canfield Road; left on Canfield, right on Douglas; race venue ¼ mile on right.
4. Attend a Special Ceremony or Concert
•On November 11, a Veterans Day Tribute Ceremony is planned at Veterans Monument, in Carpenter Park at the Port of Pittsford, 22 N. Main St. The public is welcome. Call (585) 248-6229.
On Tuesday, November 11 at 6:00 pm Chapter 20 and it’s Honor Guard will hold it’s Annual “VETERANS DAY CEREMONY’ Honoring all those who have served and gave their lives and for those are still serving our Country today. Everyone is invited to pay homage to America’s Hero’s. The event will be held at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Highland Park off of South Ave.
Concert in Greece
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Greece Performing Arts Society will host a Veterans Day Concert at Athena Performing Arts Center, 800 Long Pond Road, Greece.
Ceremony and Concert in Canandaigua
On November 11, the Canandaigua VA Medical Center will host a “Missing Man Ceremony”. The ceremony will be held in the Building 5 Auditorium starting at 10:00 a.m. and is being sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
Following the ceremony, international recording artist, songwriter, and producer Jim Worthing will perform a special patriotic/positive music concert to salute veterans.
Veteran’s Day Ceremony in East Rochester
East Rochester American Legion Post #1917: The march begins at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 11th near the Community Center at 3157 Main St. We will proceed to the Station of Heroes in Edmund Lyon Park. All veterans and the community are welcome for the ceremony at 11:00 AM. For more information contact Post Commander Richard Bird: 698-0957
So many ways to honor our heroes. If you are a veteran or know someone who is, and a move is in the future, there are several financing programs you can consider for those who have served in the military. We’ll partner with our trusted mortgage professional, Mike Monile of Wells Fargo to find the program that fits best for you, and then we’ll find a home to call your own. Contact us today!