FISHKILL, N.Y. -- It was a day of giving back and helping local veterans. The inaugural Veterans and Families Fair was held Saturday in Fishkill.
The event gave veterans the opportunity to meet with more than 60 different vendors to discuss banking, health care, education and housing. Hundreds of veterans from World War II and Vietnam attended.
There was also a special recognition ceremony for some of those World War II veterans.
Event organizer Terry Gipson says it was a huge success.
Gipson said, "The veterans that have worked so hard to protect our freedoms have not been given all of the respect that they really deserve. And they haven't had the opportunities that they really need when they come back from working overseas for us, or even locally."
"Well, it's a wonderful event, it's an opportunity for veterans to come out and Senator Gipson has put together all kinds of booths here where veterans can get a lot of information that's available for them, programs that can help them," said Wayne Southworth, Vice Commander Pleasant Valley American Legion.
Gipson says the Veterans and Families fair will become an annual event. He says it's vital to give veterans opportunities in the area.