In observance of Veterans Day, parades and gatherings will take place across the South Fork.
In Southampton, Veterans Day services are hosted by the Commission on Veterans Patriotic Events, starting with a parade at 10:45 a.m. from the First Presbyterian Church, continues down Jobs Lane, to Agawam Park. All veterans are invited to march and participate in the ceremony at the park, which begins at 11 a.m.
Master of Ceremonies is WestPoint graduate and committee member, Bill Jones. The Guest Speaker is Retired Colonel Chris Dyer III — the Tuckahoe School District Superintendent — who was a decorated officer and served for more than 26 years.
Kristen Steinke will sing the National Anthem, and Anita Boyer and the Southampton High School band will perform patriotic songs.
All veterans and their families are invited to the Veterans Memorial Hall for refreshments immediately following the service.
Over in Sag Harbor, residents will celebrate those who defended against the British troops attempt to invade the village during the War of 1812, 200 years ago. First, the annual Veterans Day parade will be held, starting at the Civil War Monument down Main Street and onto Bay Street, at 9 a.m. A gathering will follow at the Chelberg-Battle Post of the American Legion on Bay Street. Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. will present a proclamation honoring Sag Harbor’s part in War of 1812.