2014 CNY Veterans Parade and Expo
Sat., Nov. 8
New York State Fairgrounds
Parade at noon
Expo 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
in Center of Progress
"Honor Our Veterans. Share Your Stories" New this year: In partnership with Clear Channel Communications, we collected stories from Central New York Veterans. There are so many veterans in our communities who have first-person experiences of world history that need to be shared.
A little about the event:
On Nov. 8 at the NYS Fairgrounds, we will be holding the 7th Annual CNY Veterans Parade and Expo. The purpose of the event is "Thanking Our Veterans" of every generation and conflict.
The one and one-half hour long parade features more than 90 veterans and military organizations from throughout Central New York and beyond. The parade is based on the old-fashioned military style parades that featured military vehicles, local military units, Veterans of Foreign War Posts and American Legions. Every branch of the armed services and every conflict since WWII are represented. Veterans who participated have expressed gratification at seeing the crowds waving flags and clapping for them along the parade route at the State Fairgrounds in Geddes.
The Expo, held in the Center of Progress building, features displays with a special emphasis on military history, local companies, and local organizations helping present military personnel or veterans. Last year, more than 50 organizations took part in the Expo. Organizations and individuals exhibit important artifacts from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, the Civil War, and the Vietnam War. Local groups offer ways to get involved, such as gathering goods to send to deployed troops. The VA and other organizations present information about services available to veterans of any age. There will once again be a presentation about TRI-Care for retirees and a Kids' Area, Sponsored by TOPS, that will feature activities, games, displays and even face painting.
After the success of last year, we are excited to announce we will again be holding the Show Your Stripes Job Fair during the Expo. Veterans are a very special asset to our community. The best way to keep them here locally is to help them make connections in the community that will maximize their talents and employment skills.
For more information, contact Diana LaMattina Abdella, parade coordinator, at 428-9651 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
******We are also looking for volunteers, to help with setup on Friday or to serve as marshals to help with parking and the parade on Saturday, if interested, please contact Diana.
**NEW** Artifacts and photos of the "Ghost Army," a tactical deception unit General George Patton created using Hollywood type props to deceive Hitler's legions in preparation for D-Day. The Ghost Army Sonic unit trained at Fort Drum, then called Pine Camp.