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Fred Carter of Cutchogue holds up a handmade card he received from a group of local Girl Scouts.

Fred Carter of Cutchogue holds up a handmade card he received from a group of local Girl Scouts. The cards have been sent to local vets on Veterans Day for the past six years.

Fred Carter said he was already having a great Veterans Day when he checked his mailbox last Tuesday.

The 85-year-old Cutchogue resident had spent the morning visiting his wife at a nursing home in Westhampton. After a patriotic ceremony was held at the facility, the couple watched videos of old Bob Hope USO shows.

When the Korean War veteran returned home that afternoon, he was touched by something he received in the mail. It was a handmade card from a group of local Girl Scouts thanking him for his service.  (more…)

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Southold freshmen and faculty members planted dozens of American flags outside the high school for Veterans Day. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Southold freshmen and faculty members planted dozens of American flags outside the high school for Veterans Day. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

There are several ceremonies scheduled for Tuesday in recognition of Veterans Day on the North Fork. There’s also a “Veterans Day Dinner” event that’s running from noon to 9 p.m. today, Monday, in Greenport.

See below for a complete list of events.

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11/11/13 5:06pm
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JOSEPH PINCIARO PHOTO | The US Veterans Motorcycle Club of Long Island.

JOSEPH PINCIARO PHOTO | The US Veterans Motorcycle Club of Long Island.

A few hundred people came out to Calverton National Cemetery on a sunny Monday afternoon for the annual Veterans Day ceremony.

The ceremony was nearly derailed this year due to a federal government shutdown, master of ceremonies Dennis Krulder said, though it went on as scheduled at the nation’s largest national cemetery, spanning over 1,000 acres.

Guest speakers included Representative Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), Riverhead Councilman John Dunleavy, and Joe Sledge, public affairs officer at the Veterans Affairs Northport Medical Center.

Bishop recognized the Calverton cub scout pack 404 for projects they had done with veterans recently, conducting flag retirement ceremonies on their behalf and adopting some veterans as pen pals.

Sledge, a peacetime veteran himself, pointed to the good deeds done by some of his colleagues in the crowd – acts as simple as driving disabled veterans from place to place, to planting a garden to be able to sit by and enjoy – as evidence of some ways vets are giving back to their own at the VA.

Quoting from “The Prophet,” Sledge ended with the following: “‘Your friend is your needs, answered. He is your field, which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.’

“Everyone in this area- in this beautiful cemetery right now who served in U.S. armed forces – we thank you. We thank you for being our board and our fireside. We thank for your feeding us when we came to you hungry. And we think you most importantly for peace.”

Click through for some photos from Monday’s ceremony below. If you attended, feel free to add in your own.

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KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A former POW, Russ Mann served with the Army Air Corp.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A former POW, Russ Mann served with the Army Air Corp.

Several dozen people gathered at the American Legion Griswold Terry Glover Post 803 in Southold Monday morning in honor of Veterans Day.

Local businessman Charles Sanders, who served in Afghanistan, led the ceremony which included a parade of local NJROTC students and speeches by several veterans.