LAKE PLACID - This year's Veterans Day ceremonies in this village will be different than in previous such holidays.
Since Veterans Day falls on Sunday and church will be in progress, there will not be a parade this year, according to American Legion Post 326 Commander Zay Curtis; however, Veterans Day ceremonies will take place Sunday.
There will be a flag ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Legion Post on Main Street. The Lake Placid High School band has been invited to attend and play. Lunch will follow at the Legion hall for all who wish to attend, Curtis wrote in an email.
As part of the flag ceremony, a flag will be flown in honor of Master Sgt. Phil McKinney, a highly decorated career soldier.
The Essex County American Legion will also have a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the county Veterans Cemetery, located 1 mile west of the hamlet of Wadhams and 6 miles east of Elizabethtown on the north side of County Route 8. The public is welcome to attend. McKinney will be honored there as well. The flag used at that ceremony will be brought back to Lake Placid to become part of a memorial that Andy Joachim is preparing in McKinney's memory, Curtis wrote, adding that the flag currently flying at the Lake Placid Legion post will be presented to McKinney's wife Debbie in the spring when all the flags are rotated.
Post 326 flies six flags a year: three at the post, one at the World War I memorial at the Adirondack Community Church, one at Adirondack Medical Center's Lake Placid hospital and one at Uihlein Living Center. Each flag is flown in honor of a deceased veteran and presented to the family when flags are rotated on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Other local Veterans Day ceremonies are on Monday:
-Saranac Lake: 11 a.m., Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main St. Lunch will be served immediately afterward at the Vets' Club on Broadway
-Tupper Lake: 11 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park next to the State Theater on Park Street. The guest speaker is retired Lt. Col. Mike Salamy. There will be laying of memorial wreaths, music by the Tupper Lake Middle/High School band and refreshments to follow at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
-Keene: 11 a.m., veterans' memorial site, Cemetery Lane. American Legion Marcy Post 1312 will honor all who have served our country and dedicate the World War II plaques, which are displayed at the site.