Putnam County will launch its spring Row of Honor season with a pancake breakfast on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16 at the Carmel VFW Hall, located on Route 52 in Carmel, N.Y. from 9 to 11 a.m. The Putnam County Joint Veterans Council is organizing the breakfast. There is a suggested donation of $8 per person or $12 per family.

County Executive MaryEllen Odell will host a ceremony along the shore of Lake Gleneida on Route 52 in Carmel at 10 a.m.to honor those who have served in the United States military as well as law enforcement officers and first responders. She will also unveil a new 9/11 flag that will be on display with the Row of Honor.

“Starting the spring Row of Honor season on Armed Forces Day and during Police Week makes sense,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Just like Armed Forces Day, our flags represent those who have served and those who continue to serve in our five U.S. military branches. We also recognize our law enforcement officers and first responders who protect us at home. The kick-off pancake breakfast is a touching way to bring out Veterans, along with their family members and friends, together as we honor the memories of lost soldiers and remember the sacrifice of all those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, law enforcement and emergency services.”

Known as the Row of Honor, over 100 flags with the names of Veterans, law enforcement officers and first responders line the shore of Lake Gleneida, twice a year to observe Memorial Day and Veterans Day. This historic observation has become a cherished tradition for residents and has drawn national attention to Putnam County.

With a $100 donation, the name of your loved one can appear on a flag. The proceeds will go toward the return of the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to Putnam County Veterans Park in September.

To RSVP for the pancake breakfast or to order your flag call 845-808-1620 or visit PutnamCountyNY.gov/ROH. Checks can be made payable to the Joint Veterans Council to PC Veterans Service Agency, Donald B. Smith Government Campus, 110 Old Route 6, Bldg. 3, Carmel, N.Y. 10512.

District Attorney Adam Levy and Putnam Valley Town Supervisor Bob Tendy are each sponsoring the breakfast.