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Veterans Week 2021

Veterans Week around Tompkins County


Operation Greenlight, Nov. 6-13, 2021

Greenlight-TC Old Jail Main Entrance
Old Jail, Main Entrance


Tompkins County and City of Ithaca facilities, along with Downtown Ithaca stores, to be lit with green during the week to show visible support for the Veterans across Tompkins County. Operation Greenlight uses the color green to symbolize hope, renewal, and wellbeing.

Find more information about Operation Greenlight at

​​​​Greenlight-Old Jail Court St Exit
​​​​Old Jail, Court Street Exit
Greenlight-TC Dept of Emergency Response
Department of Emergency Response

All November
Veterans Wall of Honor
Daily during November in main hallway of Cayuga Medical Center
Photo gallery honoring staff with Cayuga Health Systems who are Veterans or have Veterans in their families.

“This is Not a War Story”
Now streaming on HBOMax
featuring local Veterans Kevin Basl, Nate Lewis
The movie that premiered at Cinemapolis leaps to the streaming platform. Learn more about the story of a "ragtag group of Veterans" dealing with the suicide of a friend and fellow Veteran and "the ever-crystalizing fact that healing from war is sometimes an impossible mission."

Wednesday, Nov. 10
U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Celebration
6:15p @ Statler Hotel, Cornell University
Celebrate the USMC’s 246th anniversary by examining the life of Lt. Gen. Ernie Cheatham, professional football player and war hero, and the traditional cake celebration.
RSVP highly encouraged via


Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021

1. 11a, Groton American Legion, Post 800
   The post’s Honor Guard conducts annual ceremony and gun salute at
   307 Main Street, Groton, NY

2. 11a, The Dryden American Legion, Post 1134
     The post’s Ritual Team ceremony to include a 21-Gun Salute and Taps
     Dryden Village Green, intersection of Main and North Streets, Dryden, NY

3. 12p, Ithaca American Legion Post 221
    Veterans Day Luncheon with Hot Dogs and Chili served to Veterans and community members
    1231 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY

4. 12-1p, Ithaca College 18th Annual Veterans Day Celebration
     Celebrate Veterans Day with IC’s Veterans Committee and the School of Music
     - Guest speaker Spc. Alaric Young, U.S. Army
     Ford Hall, Whalen Center for Music
     - view via Livestream

5. Cornell University’s Veterans Day-Week Events

  • 9:15a, Cornell Chimes Concert

  • 9:30a, Cornell Military Walk with Cornell Veterans Colleague Network Group,
               - Meet at the War Memorial by Baker Hall

  • 11a, “The Role of the Military in Supporting State Crises” with Brigadier
            General Joseph Biehler, U.S. Army
            - Anabel Taylor Hall
            - Register to attend or watch via Livestream
            - The military has been a very visible component of the government's  response to natural disasters and the current pandemic crisis. The General will share his insight into the military's role in supporting these events.

  • 11:11a, Cornell Chimes plays 21 rings with silence for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (approx. 2 minutes)

  • 12-1p, “The Impact of Veterans in the Legal Profession”
                with Law School alumni and faculty
                - Cornell Law School
                - Register to attend
                - Law School alumni and faculty who served in the United States Armed Forces discuss how their public service impacted their legal careers, professional development, and the journey from service to civilian life.

  • 6p, Cornell Chimes presents a U.S. Armed Forces Branch of Service Anthem Concert
    - McGraw Clock Tower

  • @ Dusk, Greenlight-A-Vet
    - McGraw Clock Tower

Download poster of Cornell events here.

6.   2p, Cortland Veterans Day Ceremony
      - Includes dedication of renovated Vietnam Memorial,
      - Courthouse Park, Church Street in Cortland

 7.   5p, “Overcoming Adversity,” with Col. Greg Gadson (US Army, retired)
      - Registration required
      - Sponsored by TD Ameritrade
        Join decorated Army veteran Colonel Greg Gadson (Ret.) as he tells the remarkable and inspiring story of how he navigated extreme obstacles in his 26-year military career. Hear about the missions he served in, including Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Kuwait—and Operation Iraqi Freedom, where an improvised explosive device attack cost him both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand. And find out how he overcame these obstacles and rose to the position of Garrison Commander of Fort Belvoir, overseeing the daily operations of more than 50,000 military personnel and employees. You'll even be able to get in on the conversation when you submit a question at registration or a live Q&A session during the event.

8. 5:30p, Homeville Museum Veterans Day Watchfire
    - CNY Living History Museum
      4386 U.S. Route 11, Cortland

9. 7-8p, Departures and Withdrawals: Readings by the Syracuse Veterans’ Writing Group
    - Registration required   
      Hear members of the Syracuse Veterans’ Writing Group read original literary work recounting their lives in and out of the military. Featuring readings by members of the Syracuse Veterans’ Writing Group: Robert Brewer, Dr. Bill Cross, Shannon Kennedy, Richard Rodriguez, Lee Savidge, Jennifer-Rebeccah Williams, and Don Western. The moderators are Ivy Kleinbart and Eileen E. Schell, the co-leaders of the Veterans’ Writing Group and SU faculty

10. 8p, The Falling and the Rising,
    - Broadcast on WSKG
    This Tri-Cities Opera broadcast comes from the the U.S. Army Field Band and centers on the healing of soldier injured by an IED, just after she sends home a video message for her daughter's 13th birthday. The operatic soldier's odyssey is based on real-life interviews with wounded soldiers. It was originally performed live in Binghamton at the Broome County Forum Theatre in September 2021. 

Friday, Nov. 12
1-4:30p, Veterans Drive-up Clinic
Vaccines for Flu, Shingles, Pneumonia, and TDAP
Fridays (ongoing) at Tompkins-Cortland VA Clinic
1451 Dryden Road, Freeville
Call for appointment, 607.347.4101


Friday, Nov. 19
4:45-7:30p, GIAC Harvest Fest Dinner
The Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) will host its annual Harvest Fest Dinner. Dinners will be PICK-UP ONLY at GIAC this year. Dinner will consist of turkey and all the trimmings or vegetarian option. Dinner is FREE to all.
Reserve a meal by either:

  • Calling GIAC at 272-3622 
  • Stopping by GIAC lobby reception area to put in a request 
  • Using the following link for those with technology  access

Sign-up for pre-orders will close Monday, November 15. Meals are available without a pre-order, but there may be a wait and they are not guaranteed. We STRONGLY encourage you to reserve a meal in advance.
301 West Court Street, Ithaca, NY
 - Donations accepted via Venmo (GIAC-Ithaca), PayPal, or check by mail or drop off.


Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021
1p, Veterans Appreciation Football Game
Cornell v. Columbia
Schoellkopf Field, Cornell University

Ithaca American Legion Fish Fry
5-7p, open to all, $$
American Legion Post #221, 1231 Danby Road, Ithaca


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