Carmel October 6, 2018

Row of Honor: Something Special about Carmel, NY

There are many reasons why I love the town I live in and this is one of them:

The Row of Honor.

For years now, I’ve admired the waving American flags amidst a backdrop of Lake Gleneida as I drive through town. The flags aren’t there all year round but I always enjoy it when they are; all standing proud, perched along the side of the road, colors flowing.

This afternoon, on my way home from Tops, I finally acted on the thought I’ve had for months every time I drive along Route 52 in Carmel–I should pullover and take a picture of all the flags. Today, I just had to! It’s a great fall day (my favorite season); crisp, cool air with a slight breeze, blue skies coated with puffs of cotton clouds. After all the rain we’ve had lately, I had to stop and capture the perfection of the moment on this gorgeous day!

There is an annual pancake breakfast fundraiser to kick of the Row of Honor season and according to, all of the money raised from the breakfast, and donations made to sponsor a flag in the name of a veteran loved-one, are used to support programs for veterans. To learn more about the Row of Honor, you can go here. If you would like to have a name added to a flag, follow this link.

I know, it’s cliched to say but it’s true: the pictures don’t do it justice. So come see it for yourself! If you’re looking to take a leisurely ride to explore somewhere new, how about checking out the town of Carmel? You can stop in at my favorite diner, George’s Place, for breakfast. Slide into a booth by the windows, cradle your cup of coffee and take in the sight of the reds, whites, and blues fluttering by the lake.