Three-day events for veterans begin Thursday in Genesee County

Events planned for or in honor of Veterans Day have this year expanded to a three-day schedule, beginning with a Batavia City Schools District Ceremony Thursday morning at High School, and – new this year – continuing with an awareness walk on the Ellicott Trail.

The ceremony at the BHS, 260 State St., Batavia, is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. and is to include music and remarks honoring local military veterans. Local veterans have been invited by students and staff to attend the ceremony which will feature keynote speaker, MP Steve Hawley. There will also be performances by the BHS Orchestra, Choir and Band.

Other presentations include a “What Veterans Day Means to Me” by high school students; the removal of the colors by a scout troop and the remarks of district leaders.

Genesee-Orléans Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction hosts a “Mission 22 Walk” at 2:30 p.m. that begins at the DeWitt Recreation Area, follows the Ellicott Trail on the outskirts of town, and ends at the Recovery Station on Clinton Street Road.

The Recovery Station is a program of GCASA, and this event is “an opportunity to shine a light on the statistics that show 22 veterans are taking their own lives every day,” Recovery Station Director Harry Roscoe said. in a press release.

After the walk, people will be treated to a barbecue at the Recovery Station, formerly Bohn’s restaurant near the corner of Seven Springs and Clinton Streets in the town of Batavia.

Friday will feature the traditional Veterans Day Programming of activities:

  • 9:00 a.m. Genesee County Park (VVA), 11095 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany
  • 10:00 a.m. Batavia Veterans Administration Medical Center, 222 Richmond Ave, Batavia
  • This will take place in the side patio near building 4. There is free parking on the side of the building. The program includes an invocation by Chaplain Alpha Sanon; the national anthem;” local musician Frank Panepento on trumpet; remarks by Danielle Bergman, assistant producer; the Joint Genesee County Veterans Honor Guard; and a benediction by Chaplain Alpha Sanon.
  • 10:15 a.m. New York State Veterans’ House
  • 11 a.m. Upton Monument, at the intersection of Main and Ellicott streets, Batavia
  • 11 a.m. Le Roy Post 576 organizes a ceremony at 2 Trigon Park, Le Roy
  • 11:30 a.m. Jerome Center Monument, Bank Street, Batavia
  • 1:00 p.m. Genesee Community College will hold a Veterans Day service at the William Stuart Forum, 1 College Road, Batavia

On this day, the Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

Day 3 event next week

On November 16, The Recovery Station will host a “Veteran Connection” gathering from 5-7 p.m.

Veterans of Genesee and surrounding counties will be able to network with various veterans and local service organizations and tour facilities. This is carried out in partnership with the GOW Pathway to Hope coalitions.

For more information, call Rascoe at 585-813-6050.

File photo of a Veterans Day ceremony in 2020, by Howard Owens.

Jennifer C. Burleigh