Some events honoring veterans in the Rochester area have already been held,
but there are many more things to do leading up to Veterans Day, from a party-like burlesque revue to serious ceremonies.
Here’s a sampler of 10 events from across the region to give you different ways to honor veterans:
1. Iron Smoke Distillery, 111 Parce Ave. in Fairport, will host a Rattlesnake Revue: Veteran’s Day Fundraiser at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 to raise money for the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester. This burlesque-style show is open to anyone 21 and up. Veterans and service members are free with proper identification; general admission is $5. For more information call (585) 337-0674 or visit ironsmokewhiskey.com.
2. United Church of Pittsford’s Rise & Shine Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 10 will help the Veterans Outreach Center. This popular event is held on the second Saturday of each month from October through June, with the proceeds being donated to a different local charity each month. Pancakes, sausage links and scrambled eggs will be served with maple syrup, whipped cream and blueberry toppings. The cost is $5 per person and the church is located at 123 South Main Street in Pittsford. For more information call (585) 586-6870 or visit ucpittsford.org.
3. The RIT Veterans Day Run will be held at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11 at the Gene Polisseni Center at the Rochester Institute of Technology, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive in Henrietta. The event is an opportunity for RIT students and faculty and the Rochester community to come together to run a 5K or 10K to celebrate those who have served. It’s hosted by the school’s Silver Wings club, a national organization committed to community service and education about national defense. You can register online prior to the race for $20 ($10 for veterans). Day of registration is $25 and begins at 8 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Veterans Outreach Center. For more information visit campusgroups.rit.edu/silverwings.
4. At 11 a.m. Nov. 11 there will be a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Verzella Gazebo at Edmund Lyon Park, 750 Main St. in East Rochester. The ceremony will be led by American Legion Post 1917 and include remarks by local, county and state officials. For more information call (585) 586-3553 or visit eastrochester.org.
5. The Greece Performing Arts Society will hold their annual Veterans Day Concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at Greece Performing Arts Center, 800 Long Pond Road in Greece. Doors open at 3:15 p.m. and admission is free. Donations are appreciated and will benefit Honor Flight Rochester, Inc. Groups performing include Greece Choral Society, Greece Concert Band and Greece Jazz Band, with the Greece American Legion Post 468 Color Guard as special guests. For more information call (585) 234-5636 or visit greeceperformingarts.org.
6. A Veterans Day American flag retirement ceremony from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Brockport Area Veterans Club, 222 West Ave. Boy Scout Troop 111 will lead the ceremony that will retire flags that have become worn, torn, faded or badly soiled. For more information call (585) 637-5012.
7. The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20 will hold their Veterans Day Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1440 Highland Ave. in Rochester. The ceremony will honor all veterans living and deceased and those who are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. For more information visit vva20.org.
8. At 11 a.m. Nov. 12, the Stars & Stripes Veterun 5K, presented by Harris Corporation, will be held at Mendon Ponds Park’s Stewart Lodge, 95 Douglas Road in Honeoye Falls. Proceeds from this family-friendly event honoring veterans and active military will support Honor Flight Rochester, Inc. and other local veterans’ organizations. In addition to the 5K, there are several smaller races for children following that run with prices from free to $10. The 5K cost is $10 for veterans and active military; $30 general. For more information visit yellowjacketracing.com/races/stars-stripes-veterun-5k.
9. Battle of the Bulge: 11 a.m. Nov. 12 also marks the end of an era when the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge hold their final formation at the Port of Rochester, 1000 N. River St. in Charlotte. The Battle of the Bulge was fought in Belgium and Luxembourg from Dec. 16, 1944, to January 1945 during World War II. A staggering 19,000 American soldiers were killed and over 50,000 wounded. Rochester’s Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge group was formed in November 1988 by Richard Brookins, Rex Stanley and John Foy. Membership is down to five men (Max Boudakian, Martin Cocca, Bill Cooper, Joe Versage and Jack Foy) and the group has decided to disband after this final Veterans Day ceremony.
10. Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Dr. in Canandaigua, Ontario County, will hold a free Veterans Day Ceremony from 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Student Center auditorium. The guest speaker will be Krista Stephenson, director of the national Women Veterans Call Center. The Canandaigua American Legion Honor Guard will post and retire the colors and a dessert reception will follow. For more information call (585) 785-1264 or visit flcc.edu.