WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. (Nov. 11, 2014) -- The Watervliet Arsenal had the great pleasure and honor in this week's Albany County Veterans Day Parade to lead in Division One, a place of honor. Thousands lined the route, taking a few minutes out of their day, to show their support to the men and women who have proudly served our country.
The arsenal, to include the Army's Benet Laboratories, was well represented by a parade contingent that included two floats, three emergency service vehicles, six historic military vehicles, a color guard, and, of course, arsenal marchers.
This was the sixth year the arsenal has participated in this parade.
-Benét Labs is colocated on the Watervliet Arsenal, within a five-minute walk from those who will manufacture the products that they design.
-The Watervliet Arsenal is an Army-owned-and-operated manufacturing facility and is the oldest, continuously operating arsenal in the United States, having begun operations during the War of 1812. It celebrated its 200th anniversary in July 2013.
-Today's arsenal is relied upon by U.S. and foreign militaries to produce the most advanced, high-tech, high-powered weaponry for cannon, howitzer, and mortar systems. This National Historic Registered Landmark has an annual economic benefit to the local community in excess of $90 million.