- "Today, I ask each and every American to pause in the midst of a busy day to remember the sacrifices that our veterans have made in the defense of our nation and its people. Even more important, please take a few moments to thank a veteran for his or her service and make a pledge to honor that service over the coming year.
"Honoring a veteran can come in many forms, ranging from volunteering in a V.A. Hospital to simply explaining to your children or grandchildren the battles our military has fought, the freedoms military men and women have defended and the ultimate sacrifice so many have made. We also need to remember in our prayers those presently in the service of our country in places like Afghanistan and Iraq
and on bases and ships scattered around the world.
"All our veterans, whether they are still among us or have been taken from us, are true American heroes. God bless them and the United States of America."
Randy Altschuler's Public Schedule For Veterans Day
• 10 a.m. St. James Veterans of Foreign Wars Veterans Day Ceremony, St. James Elementary School, 580 Lake Avenue, St. James.
• 10:45 a.m. Smithtown American Legion Veterans Day Ceremony, Veterans Memorial Park-42 West Main Street (across from Town Hall-next to Chase Bank) Smithtown.
• 1 p.m. Calverton National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony, Calverton National Cemetery, 210 Princeton Blvd., Calverton.