Honor Our Country's Heroes on Veterans Day in Albany, NY
Pay your respect to veterans of our country on November 11, 2019 by attending one of these local Albany events. From parades to galas, Albany offers an array of Veterans Day events and celebrations to commemorate the heroes of the American military.
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Veterans Day History
Veterans Day celebrates the men and women who have fought for the United States in the armed forces for their patriotism, sacrifice, and willingness to serve. Originally designated Armistice Day by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, the day of remembrance became a legal federal holiday in 1938. After World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a day to honor all American veterans of all wars.
Albany Area Memorials
Albany is home to several war memorials, honoring and commemorating those who served our country. Several are found throughout the Empire State Plaza and Washington Park, and all encompass an important part of not only US history, but also the history of Albany. Pay your respects to the veterans who served our country by visiting a memorial today.
The New York State Purple Heart Memorial
The New York State Purple Heart Memorial, located on Madison Avenue, honors New Yorkers who have been awarded the Purple Heart, the oldest military decoration in the world currently in use.
George Washington After Houdon
The life-size bronze cast of George Washington in Albany's Empire State Plaza was unveiled in West Capitol Park in 1932. This memorial is a reproduction of the famous marble original by French master artist, Jean-Antoine Houdon.
New York State Vietnam Memorial
The New York State Vietnam Memorial commemorates the military service of NYS residents who served our country between 1961 and 1975 in Southeast Asia. The memorial was the first such state effort in the nation, dedicated in 1984.
New York State Korean War Veterans Memorial
The New York State Korean War Veterans Memorial is located in the Empire State Plaza's Memorial Park along Madison Avenue. The memorial honors the 482,000 New Yorkers who served our nation during the Korean War.
World War II Memorial
The World War II Memorial is located next to the New York State Museum and honors those who served our country during World War II. Curved granite copings encircle the right half of a pool and are inscribed with dates, places and battles.
World War I Monument
The World War I Monument is located in Memorial Grove and consists of a female figure with palm and sword, backed by a pylon. Also known as the "Mother's War Memorial," this monument was sculpted by Attilio Picirilli.
New York State Women Veterans Memorial
The New York State Women Veterans Memorial honors women in the military over the past 200 years. Dedicated in 1998, it serves as an educational item to inform the public of the role women have played in the armed forces.