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Saluting our Veterans in Downtown Gloversville

This weekend marks the commemoration of Veterans Day, a holiday that was first observed as Armistice Day. Later as it was designated Veterans Day, it still retained the salute at 11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh month as that was the official end of the first Great World War, but it now honors all veterans who have served our country.

This year, the City of Gloversville will be hosting the annual ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in Downtown Gloversville, in front of 90 N. Main St., near the doughboy statue. (Doughboy was a nickname for infantrymen during World War I). Following the ceremony, American Legion Post 137, located at 200 N. Main St., will have an open house. Read more from the Fulton County Historical Society about the doughboy statue as it turns 100 years on Veterans Day. Several businesses are also offering specials to veterans on Saturday, including 44 Lakes Customized Gifts and Décor so stop in the Downtown Gloversville stores after these commemorations.

While attending these events, or when you are downtown shopping, be sure to also look at our Hometown Hero banners that line the Downtown Corridor as they are our friends, neighbors and relatives that have served. A list of who is on the banners can be found at and several families wrote testimonials about their heroes and those can be found at

Just outside the Downtown Core is Veterans Park, located at the corner of Kingsboro Avenue and East State Street, a beautiful spot worth visiting as it is dedicated to the local veterans with monuments and flags honoring each of the branches of the Armed Forces.

No matter how you honor the holiday, be sure to take time to thank a veteran in person for their dedication to our country and recognizing their commitment to keeping us safe and free.


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