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Western New Yorkers will remember fallen veterans during community observances this Memorial Day weekend.

Buffalo observances include an American Legion service at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in St. Margaret's Church, 1395 Hertel Ave.

CORRECTION: memorial service will be held at 12:10.

At 9:30 a.m. Monday, the Frank Gierlach American Legion Post will hold a memorial service in honor of Frank Gierlach in St. Andrew's Church on Crocker street. The American Legion will hold memorial services beginning at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at Forest Lawn.

Other observances include:


Flowers will be placed at the George F. Lamm American Legion Post, 962 Wehrle Drive, at 10:30 a.m. Monday, followed by the decorating of the soldiers' monument in Williamsville Cemetery, Main and Reist streets, at 11 a.m.

A parade along Main from Williamsville South High School will start at 2 p.m.


A memorial ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Blasdell Library. The American Legion ceremony will feature special speakers Harry Clifton of Post 60 and Thomas Tehean of Post 1449.


Memorial Day will be observed Sunday with a dedication at Bennet Cemetery.

Veterans will dedicate the Act of Freedom commemorative, naming Cheektowaga the first national model community for the Bill of Responsibility by the Freedom's Foundation at Valley Forge.

Philanthropist W. Clement Stone of Chicago, will be guest speaker at the dedication, and special recognition will be given to several organizations including Buffalo News columnist Bob Curran.


A parade sponsored by the American Legion Post 838 will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Clarence High School at Main Street and Gunnville Road. The parade will conclude at the Town Park.


A program in Veterans Park Monday will feature a memorial Mass, a short parade and a ceremony and speaking program at the monument.

Veterans will attend Mass at 9 a.m. in St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Penora Street and Gould Avenue.

The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Municipal Building and proceed south on Manitou Street and west on Terrace Boulevard to the park.

Commander Frank McCulloch of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will be the main speaker. Barbara Wargala, Depew's only surviving World War II Gold Star mother, and guests from a Toronto veterans association will participate.

East Aurora

The East Aurora Recreational Department will hold a Memorial Day Tennis Tournament this morning in Hamlin Park. Finals for the tournament will be held Monday at the Community Pool Park.

Grand Island

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in DeGlopper Memorial Park, Grand Island Boulevard and Baseline Road. Lt. Col. Franklyn McKee of the 107th Air National Guard will be the guest speaker.

Grand Island Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts will participate in the ceremony, honoring the memory of town servicemen killed in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars.

A parade will be held at 11 a.m., led by the Veterans of Foreign Wars color guard and the Grand Island High School band. The procession will begin at the Town Hall at 2255 Baseline Road and continue to De Glopper Park.


A Memorial Day parade sponsored by the American Legion will begin at 10 a.m. Monday and will end with a ceremony at the bandstand in the Village Park at Lake Avenue and Union Street.


A Memorial Day service and wreath-laying ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the Matthew Glab American Legion Post, 1965 Abbott Road.

The post's auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and the Junior Auxiliary, will participate, according to Michael J. Kogutek, chairman of the service.

Lake View

At 10:30 a.m. Monday there will be a parade sponsored by the Lake View Community Association, beginning at the Lake View Fire Hall.

The Lake View Fire Association will hold an open house and barbecue from 1 to 7 p.m.

Orchard Park

A parade will begin at the Orchard Park Middle school and conclude at Veterans Park where a service will be held with guest speaker Rep. Bill Paxon, R-Williamsville.


A service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Veterans Park at Lake and Pardee avenues in the village, followed by a parade from the park to Town Hall.

Marchers will proceed north on Lake Avenue and School Street, west on Pleasant Avenue and south on Central Avenue.

Also, the Lancaster Veterans of Foreign Wars post will have a memorial service at the post hall, 3742 Walden Ave., at 1 p.m.

The Lancaster Monument Committee will present awards for an art and essay contest at 2 p.m. at the post hall.

Town of Tonawanda

A parade will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Delaware Avenue and Sheridan Drive and proceed south down Lincoln Boulevard and west to Elmwood Avenue.

City of Tonawanda

A sunrise salute featuring the Sikora Post 1322 American Legion Firing Squad will be held on the banks of the Erie Barge Canal Monday.

At noon, the Marine Corps League of the Tonawandas will hold a memorial service at war monument on the Renaissance Bridge.

The Twin Cities Memorial Day parade will begin at 2 p.m. at Broad and Main streets and proceed to the city cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m.

West Seneca

Two parades will be held Monday. The first will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Union Road and Clinton Street and proceed down Clinton to the World War I monument.

The second will follow a service at 10 a.m. at the Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 4220 Seneca St., and proceed down Seneca Street to Union, ending at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Town Library.

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