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MASSENA - Veterans from in and around Massena will gather Sunday for the communitiy’s annual Veterans Day parade and service sponsored by Massena Amvets Post 4.

The day’s events will kick off at 10:45 a.m. with a parade from the American Legion on East Orvis Station to the fire station, where the annual service will be held.

“We go to the fire hall because of the weather,” Amvets Commander Francis “Bud” Byington said, adding the department provides them with a heated venue for the service, which quite often can be held on cold November morning.

Following the service, which is expected to begin at around 11 a.m., Mr. Byington said all veterans are invited to return to the Amvets Post for a complimentary luncheon.

While the parade may not include any bands or floats, Mr. Byington said its entrants are far more important than any band, truck or float could be.

“It’s all veterans,” he said. “We do the same thing every year, but we think it’s important for veterans to be recognized.”

Mr. Byington continued, “This is Veterans Day. It’s a day for veterans to thank themselves and each other and for those who were not veterans to thank those who served.”

Massena Elks Lodge 1702, 20 Bowers St., will also be honoring veterans on Sunday with a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The dinner begins at the conclusion of Veterans Day ceremonies and runs until 3 p.m.

The dinner is free to all veterans in the community.

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