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Days of Events Honor Veterans in the Twin Tiers

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A number of events have been schedule throughout the weekend to honor veterans in the Twin Tiers.

Events at Binghamton University started Friday with free admission to the Bearcats game for veterans, reservists and active duty military members.

Saturday, the Returning Warrior Ten Miler Race was held at Otsiningo Park sponsored by Broome County Stop DWI to heighten awareness about service members challenges in transitioning from the dangers of war-zone driving to the new risks they face on civilian public highways.

Monday, Binghamton University hosts a morning flag raising ceremony at 9 a.m.

A Veterans’ Day panel discussion and luncheon about the modern military and war on terror will be held at the Mandela Room on campus starting at 12:15 p.m.

SUNY Broome Community College is hosting a ceremony at 10 a.m. at the veterans’ memorial near the student union.

At 11 a.m. Veterans’ Day observances begin in Tioga County at the Veterans Memorial on the south lawn of the county court house in Owego.  Church bells from Saint Paul’s Episcopal, Frist Baptist, Owego Methodist and First Presbyterian Union Church will toll 11 times at 11 a.m. Saint Paul’s will follow with chimes. Other churches in the Twin Tiers are also asked to ring their bells 11 times at 11 a.m. while Tioga County fire departments will activate their sirens for thirty seconds at 11 a.m. to honor all veterans.

A gun salute at Confluence Park in Binghamton will be fired at 11:11 a.m. The annual Broome County Veterans’ Day Parade starts at American Legion Post 80 on Main Street at 2 p.m. and marches to the Veterans Memorial Arena.

Endicott’s Veterans’ Day Parade begins at 7 p.m. and marches from North Street to Washington Avenue.

Similar observances are being held in countless communities all throughout the region.

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