Famed for aphorisms, Jose Narosky wrote, "In war, there are no unwounded soldiers." On November 11, the nation remembers its veterans with solemn ceremonies and parades. On the East End, Veteran's Day is acknowledged with a variety of special events, including those noted below.
Tomorrow night at 7 PM the Hampton Bays Library hosts Jennifer Scorey-Vogt. She will discuss her 10 years in the Army National Guard. She was deployed to Iraq in 2005 and her most recent assignment was working with a team that trained soldiers for overseas deployment. She was a Non-Commissioned Officer in the Army, holding the rank of Sergeant, which gave her the opportunity to lead soldiers in varied situations. She will share photos from Iraq and her experiences as a female in the military.
On Saturday from noon to 1 PM, the Westhampton Library welcomes Ham Andon. He is returning to the library to share his experiences and some of the events that shaped his life and his book, One Man's Journey: World War II.
On Monday The Commission on Veterans Patriotic Events will be hosting Veteran's Day services at 11 AM in Agawam Park in Southampton. A parade will precede the services at 10:45 AM. It starts at the First Presbyterian Church on South Main Street and continues down Jobs Lane to Agawam Park. All veterans are invited to participate. Refreshments will follow at the Veterans Memorial Hall.
In Sag Harbor, at 9:30 AM following Monday's parade, Assemblyman Fred Thiele will present a proclamation honoring Sag Harbor's heroic moment in the War of 1812 to Mayor Brian Gilbride and Dockmaster David Thommen at the American Legion on Bay Street.
In East Hampton, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Everit Albert Herter Post 550 hosts its annual Veteran's Day Parade at 10 AM Monday. The parade starts at the old VFW building (now London Jewelers) and proceeds down Main Street to the memorial on the green for a short ceremony. Following the parade, attendees are invited to American Legion Post 419 in Amagansett for a ceremony commencing at 11 AM.
In commemoration of Veteran's Day, the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons will be holding a program on "The Changing Role of Women in the Military: Viet Nam to Afghanistan" next Tuesday. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 7 PM at the Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue, with refreshments served beforehand at 6:45 PM.
Speakers will include LWV Board member and Southampton resident Susan Wilson, who will give a brief history of the role of women in the military and share some of her experiences as a non-deployed Navy veteran of the Viet Nam War. She will be followed by Susan Soto, the newly-appointed Commander of VFW Post 7009 in Southampton, who will speak of her experiences as a deployed veteran of The Gulf War.
Commander Soto will be installed during a ceremony at 7 PM on November 13 at the Cultural Center in Southampton Village. The event is free and open to the public.