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Friday, 09 August 2013 08:23

A Voice for Veterans: A Little R&R

By Jackie Kingsland | News

As the summer season quickly races by, soldiers return from overseas, plans are made with families and friends, and tourists visit the Spa City to take in the Saratoga experience, there are some fun, family-friendly activities happening which honor our veterans.

For military and veterans students who attend Empire State College, a trip to Six Flags Great Escape Theme Park has been arranged for those students and alumni of the college who register for the event, scheduled for August 17, rain or shine, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Theme Park. The cost is $20 per person and include admission, parking and an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, consisting of burger, hot dogs, salads and more. A free raffle will be held during lunch for giveaways. Registrants will be mailed information with details for their event packets prior to the event. Military students, veterans and alumni of Empire State College who are interested should contact the college at (518) 587-2100, for further information and instruction.

Another upcoming activity for veterans to plan for this summer is the ‘Salute to Veterans’ at the Saratoga Race Course, located at 267 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs. On Wednesday, August 28, the Race Course will honor those veterans who have served our country at a pre-race ceremony. Admission to the track is complimentary to all veterans and active military who present their military ID’s. For further information and details, visit the website www.saratoga.com/racetrack.

Are you a history buff? Do you want to enjoy an afternoon with family or a group of friends or a work-related outing? Visit the New York State Military Museum located at 61 Lake Avenue, just a few blocks away from Broadway in downtown Saratoga. The museum’s hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As a New York State agency, there is no cost for admission to visit the museum, however, a donation box is located within the museum and donations are always appreciated.

The museum houses over 10,000 artifacts including uniforms, weapons and art and artillery pieces. There are plenty of exhibits displayed, featuring World War I and World War II collections and a temporary exhibit of Benedict Arnold, a general in the American Revolutionary War who originally fought for the American Continental Army and later defected to the British Army. Arnold’s key actions during the Battle of Saratoga in 1777 afforded him injuries that ended his combat career for several years. At the Museum, there are over 1,700 flags, the largest collection of State battle flags and Civil War flags in the world, can be seen as well as the library and archive at the Veteran Research Center, including a 2,000 volume library of military and New York State history, photos, unit files, scrapbooks and letters. Visit the museum to view the new Civil War exhibit, making its grand debut Saturday, July 27. Whatever your preference may be, whether history, a thirst for more knowledge of our veterans or an educational experience, the New York State military museum is a great way to enjoy an afternoon and occupy children’s curiosity while educating them about history and the many men and women who sacrifice for our freedom.  

While planning summer activities with your family and friends, meandering in and out of Broadway’s many boutiques, enjoying a bite to eat on a patio, or a trek to the track, enjoy the many entertainment options the Spa City has to offer as well as some of the activities mentioned and think of our veterans for their service to the country.

As always, thank you to our veterans and their families for all that you do.  See you next month here at Saratoga TODAY and enjoy a little rest and relaxation.

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