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Breakfast Kicks Off Putnam's Row Of Honor Season Honoring Veterans

County Executive MaryEllen Odell
County Executive MaryEllen Odell Photo Credit: Sam Barron

CARMEL, N.Y. -- A pancake breakfast on Armed Forces Day will kick off the spring Row of Honor season from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Carmel VFW Hall located on Route 52.

The Putnam County Joint Veterans Council is organizing the breakfast. There is a suggested donation of $8 per person or $12 per family. Armed Forces Day was first observed in May 1950 to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches following the consolidation of the military services in the U.S. Department of Defense. 

“It makes sense to start the spring Row of Honor season on Armed Forces Day,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Just like Armed Forces Day, our flags represent those who have served and those who continue to serve in our five U.S. military branches.”

Twice a year, for Memorial Day and Veterans Day, over 200 flags with the names of veterans line the shore of Lake Gleneida. This observation has become a cherished tradition for residents and has drawn national attention to Putnam County. 

“A sense of pride and sadness fills me when I see the Row of Honor,” said veteran Karl Rohde, who is director of the county’s Veterans Service Agency and vice chairman of the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council. “Pride, because it is an obvious show of patriotism and love for our country. It makes me sad because it reminds me of my comrades who have lost their lives serving with honor under that flag.” 

With a $100 donation, the name of a loved one can appear on a flag. The proceeds will go toward the Veterans Peer-to-Peer projects. To RSVP for the pancake breakfast or to order a flag call 845-808-1620 or visit this link.

Checks can be made payable to the Joint Veterans Council and sent to Putnam County Veterans Service Agency, Donald B. Smith Government Campus, 110 Old Route 6, Bldg. 3, Carmel, NY 10512.

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