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Where To Salute Our Nation's Heroes on Veterans Day

Destination & Tourism | Lisa Iannucci | November 11, 2016

Where To Salute Our Nation's Heroes on Veterans Day

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They fight for our rights and for our country and Veterans Day is a day to honor those who have served.

According to the history of Veterans Day, it was in November 1919, when President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. He said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

To celebrate our country’s soldiers, there are many military and veterans museums and national landmarks throughout the country to explore both on Veterans Day and throughout the year.

In New York, for example, the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center is located in Saratoga Springs. It is home to more than 10,000 artifacts from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and Desert Storm. You can see uniforms, weapons, artillery pieces, and art as well as the largest collection of state battle flags in the country and the largest collection of Civil War flags in the world. The Veterans Research Center includes a 2000 volume library of military and New York State history, over 6,000 photographs, unit history files, broadsides, scrapbooks, letters and maps and more.

Also in New York is the West Point Museum in West Point, which has more than 60,000 Army historical artifacts displayed at Pershing Center. Admission is free to tour, but make sure you check out the website for the correct identification that you must have on you to enter.

In New York City, The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is an amazing place to see military artifacts and military ships. It’s located right at Pier 86 in what’s called the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. Tour the former USS Intrepid, the submarine the former USS Growler, a Concorde SST, a Lockheed A-12 supersonic reconnaissance plane, and, for you Trekkies out there, the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

In New Windsor, New York, about an hour or so north of New York City, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor honors those who were injured or killed during combat and who have received the Purple Heart. The museum is located right next to the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, the last base of the Continental Army.

Also, remember that this weekend is one of the weekends throughout the year that The National Parks Service offers free admission at sites throughout the country that charge entrance, or standard amenity fees for one full year from the month it was obtained. You and your dependents can get in for free if you are a current U.S. military members in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard. You must present proper military identification at the parks. 

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