With Veterans Day less than a month away, Putnam County officials are preparing for the second annual Row of Honor: 100 American Flags that sit along the border of Lake Gleneida in Carmel.
The fundraiser launched last year, and it was so well-received, County Executive MaryEllen Odell said, it's now an annual event. It allows residents to sponsor a flag for $100. Funds raised will support various veterans’ projects.
“The flags serve as a visually striking and poignant reminder of those who have served—or died in service—to our country," she said in a statement. "That is something the rest of us should never forget. Our veterans must never be forgotten. The men and women who served in our Armed Forces and those who served in our Army and Air National Guard, are this country’s heroes, no matter what generation they belong to. The Row of Honor is our way of making sure Putnam residents—and anyone else who visits the Hamlet Carmel—are reminded of all that our veterans have done for us.”
The flags, which are made in America, will go up the first week of next month. Veterans Day is Nov. 11. The display will also include flags representing each branch of the Armed Forces, as well as those of the Air National Guards, the Army and the Fraternal Order of Police.
The Joint Veterans Council, Putnam Tourism and Putnam County government are coordinating the effort. Checks should be made out to the Joint Veterans Council and sent to:
Putnam County Veterans Affairs Office Donald B. Smith Government Campus 110 Old Route 6, Bldg. 3 Carmel, NY 10512
For more information, contact Mimi at 845-808-1620.