Cheektowaga will be honored by the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge, Pa., as a "model community" for the town's promotion of citizenship during Memorial Day ceremonies Monday in Town Park.
W. Clement Stone, a Chicago philanthropist and Freedoms Foundation benefactor, will receive a special recognition from Dr. Kenneth E. Lipke, chairman of the foundation's national council and board chairman of Gibraltar Steel Corp.
The program will begin with memorial services conducted by elected officials and the Private Leonard Post Jr. Post Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Stone will be recognized for his contributions to the foundation at an observance at 1:30 p.m. at the Acts of Freedom Commemorative monument in the park. The monument was erected last year to promote awareness of citizen responsibilities fostered by the foundation.
Charles P. Evingham, coordinator of the citizenship program in Cheektowaga, will recognize participants and contributors to the Cheektowaga program, and Cheektowaga will be designated a "model community," the first to be so recognized, for its promotion of citizenship.
Robert W. Miller, foundation president, will speak during ceremonies at 2 p.m.
Bob Curran, columnist for The Buffalo News, will receive a presentation recognizing his efforts in behalf of the concerns of veterans.
Town Supervisor Frank E. Swiatek will present Defender of Freedom awards to 10 leaders of veterans organizations and auxiliaries.