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This year, Veterans Day not only falls on a weekend, it also marks the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice that led to the holiday's creation.

So there are plenty of Veterans Day events happening over the next week in the Cayuga County area.

One of them will see Joe Messineo and Richard Calagiovanni, of Syracuse, discuss the Central New York Veterans History Project at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the Student Lounge of Cayuga Community College. The event is the third in the college's Cultural Speaker Series.

Calagiovanni said the history project is part of a Library of Congress effort to catalog video interviews with veterans detailing their service. The unedited conversations are indexed in such a way that users searching for particular topics, such as the Battle of Iwo Jima, can find interviews with veterans who fought in the battle and skip to the questions that cover it, Calagiovanni said.

He and Messineo have interviewed more than 60 veterans of World War II and Vietnam, whom they found through Honor Flight Network and word-of-mouth, Calagiovanni said. Though none of the veterans are from the Auburn area, he continued, many hail from Syracuse and Oswego. He and Messineo will play clips from some of the interviews Monday and discuss what they learned from their three-year project.

"Many of the veterans, we're told, would never talk about their experiences before," Calagiovanni said. "But now they want to pass them on to future generations."

Here are some other Veterans Day events happening over the next week in the Cayuga County area:

☆ Friday, Nov. 9 ☆

• The Weedsport Central School District and Clark-Heck American Legion Post No. 568 will present Veterans Day ceremonies at Weedsport schools. They'll take place at 9 a.m. at John J. Topichak Gymnasium in Weedsport Elementary School, 8954 Jackson St., and at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the gymnasium of Weedsport Jr.-Sr. High School, 2821 E. Brutus St., Weedsport. The high school will have traditional ceremonies and Bob Hope USO-style shows featuring celebrity impersonators, music and entertainment from the '50s, '60s and '70s. Veterans are invited to bring personal photos, uniforms and artifacts from their service to the morning high school ceremony. They will be able to display and share them at a senior assembly afterward, with lunch provided. The ceremonies are free and open to the public. For more information, call (315) 834-6652 or email

☆ Saturday, Nov. 10 ☆

• The 243rd birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps will be celebrated all day, beginning with a ceremony at 8 a.m. at Memorial City Hall, 24 South St., Auburn, with special guest speaker Charlie Ripley and a flag-raising ceremony. Then, at noon, a cake-cutting party will take place at S-K Post No. 1324, 168 State St., Auburn, with taps at 2 p.m. There will be another party at 1 p.m. at VFW No. 1975, 44 E. Genesee St., Auburn, with a cake-cutting at 2 p.m., as well as music and a buffet luncheon.

☆ Sunday, Nov. 11 ☆

• A Veterans Day service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Victory Firehouse, Route 38, Victory, with military duties by LaBuff-Cole American Legion Post No. 911, of Cato. There will also be music, speakers and refreshments.

• A Veterans Day service will be held at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 170 Genesee St., Auburn. There will be a flag raising and remarks by speaker Steven Weldon. Color guards are welcome.

• Westminster Presbyterian Church in Auburn invites local churches, governments and organizations to observe the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice by tolling their bells at 11 a.m. as part of the nationwide Bells of Peace movement. The armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In addition, Westminster will hold a worship service remembering and honoring veterans and sharing a message of hope for peace at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. The service is open to the public. For more information, call (315) 253-3331.

• A Veterans Day after-celebration will begin at noon at VFW No. 1975, 44 E. Genesee St., Auburn. There will be an open house and buffet lunch.

• Veterans Day events will begin at Fingerlakes Mall with a 1 p.m. parade that will travel the exterior circle (approximately one mile) of the mall, 1579 Clark St. Road, Aurelius. Then, at 2 p.m., Held Hostage will perform a concert to support the raising of a Vietnam veterans memorial in Brutus. The New York rock band will also release a new benefit single that day, "Show Me the Way Back Home." Tickets to the concert are $5-$10. For more information, visit or call (315) 255-1188.

☆ Friday, Nov. 16 ☆

• The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band will perform at 7 p.m. at Auburn Junior High School, 191 Franklin St., Auburn. Consisting of more than 40 professional airmen-musicians, the band performs orchestral classics, marches, Broadway hits, jazz standards, movie music and patriotic favorites. It has performed for more than 1.5 million people annually for six decades. The concert is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Cayuga County Cultural Italian American Organization. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or

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Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.


Features editor for The Citizen.