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Towns, villages schedule Memorial Day observances Ceremonies, parades honor those who died

Parades and observances are scheduled around the country Monday to commemorate the men and women who died serving the United States.

On Friday, some local soldiers and veterans got a head start.

New York Army National Guard soldiers and members of the Western New York Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army gathered at the Masten Avenue Armory to remember five soldiers who served at the Armory who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A short ceremony was held at the memorial, which consists of a tree and a carved stone with the names of soldiers who died in action.

Several communities will hold their ceremonies Monday to honor the lives of those whom have died in the armed forces. One of the most extensive observances will be held by the Town of Tonawanda, where the annual Memorial Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. Monday. The parade is held in conjunction with American Legion Post 205, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2472 and the Village of Kenmore.

This year's grand marshal will be Frank Schulz, an Air Force veteran who spent a majority of his time in the military as a communications officer in China with the Flying Tigers, 14th Air Force. In addition to the parade, services will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the following locations:

8 a.m. -- Failing Cemetery, Delaware Road, and Willowbreeze; 8:15 a.m. -- Veteran's Monument at Colvin Boulevard and Brighton Road; 8:30 a.m. -- Vietnam Memorial on Brighton Road; 8:45 a.m. -- Veterans of Foreign Wars monument in Elmlawn Cemetery; 9 a.m. -- Field of Honor in Elmlawn Cemetery; 9:15 a.m. -- World War II Monument in Mount Olivet Cemetery; 9:30 a.m. -- American Legion monument, 3354 Delaware Ave.

The following is a list of other events around Western New York.

Angola: The Town of Evans Veterans' Committee will hold a Memorial Day observance at 2 p.m. Sunday, at Evans Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road. Jason C. Petti, associate medical center director of the VA Western New York Healthcare System, will be the keynote speaker.

Batavia: At 8:30 a.m. Monday, the Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System will hold a wreath laying in partnership with the City of Batavia United Veterans at 222 Richmond Ave. near the flagpole. There will be a Memorial Day parade beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, which will end by the East Town Plaza. A C-130 aircraft will fly overhead to begin the parade and the grand marshals are two retired state assemblymen.

Buffalo: At 8:30 a.m. Monday, Memorial Day ceremonies will take place at Forest Lawn, including a decoration of veterans' graves in the Field of Valor and in the American Legion section with flags. At 10 a.m., a ceremony will be held by the Colonel John B. Weber Camp No. 44, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, at the headstone for Frank Becker, Company I, 1st New York Light Artillery, in Concordia Cemetery, 438 Walden Avenue.

A granite marker honoring 300 soldiers who perished during the War of 1812 and were buried in what is now Delaware Park will be dedicated Memorial Day. The "Tomb of the Unknowns" monument will be unveiled in a 10:30 a.m. ceremony at the Buffalo Zoo gate along Ring Road.

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, a traditional Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at 3495 Bailey Ave. The keynote address will be given by Deputy Chief Jason Jaskula, Detective U.S. Department of of Veterans Affairs, and Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army. He received various awards during his military career, including the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge.

Cheektowaga: There will be a 1 p.m. service Monday at the monument near the center of the Town Park, 2600 Harlem Road.

Clarence: The parade will begin at 11 a.m. Monday on Main Street. Following the parade, a chicken barbecue will take place at 10405 Main St.

Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park: At 2 p.m. today, the Submarine Veterans will hold a service at the park at the foot of Main Street. There will be two services at 10 a.m. Monday: one with the Destroyer Escort Sailors and one with the Knights of Columbus, who will do a wreath laying at the park.

Depew: The Depew Joint Veterans Committee will be holding its annual Memorial Day ceremonies Monday: At 9 a.m., services will be at The Vine Wesleyan Church, 425 Penora Street. At 10:30 a.m., a parade, led by the 82nd Airborne Div. Assn. Color Guard and the Depew High School Marching Band, from Village Hall to Veterans Park, will begin. At 11:15 a.m. Memorial services will be held in Veterans Park. Guest speaker will be Jack O'Connor, coordinator of the mentoring group of the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court.

Elma: There will be a parade at 9 a.m. Monday from the library at 1860 Bowen Road to the Town Hall at 1600 Bowen Road.

Grand Island: Services will be held at the PFC. Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park on Grand Island Boulevard and Baseline Road at 10 a.m. Monday. The Honor Guard of the PFC. Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Post No. 9249 Veterans of Foreign Wars also will conduct gravesite services at the following locations Monday:

Whitehaven Cemetery, East River Road near the Holiday Inn, 7:40 to 7:50 a.m.

Maplegrove Cemetery, Stony Point Road near Whitehaven Road, 7:55 to 8:05 a.m.

Staley Cemetery, West River Road near Staley Road, 8:15 to 8:25 a.m.

Assumption Cemetery, Whitehaven Road near 4th Street, 8:30 to 8:40 a.m.

Trinity Cemetery, Whitehaven Road at Old Trinity Church, 8:45 to 8:55 a.m.

Saint Stephens Cemetery, Baseline Road, behind Old Street Stephens Church, 8:55 to 9:10 a.m.

Hamburg: The 22nd annual Memorial Day ceremony will take place at noon Monday at the Hamburg Moose Lodge, 45 Church Street. A ceremony will also take place at 11 a.m. today at Lakeside Cemetery, 4810 Camp Road.

Lackawana: A service will take place at 1 p.m. Monday at Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion, 1965 Abbott Road.

Kenmore: The parade starts at 11 a.m. Monday and runs from Delaware Road down Lincoln Boulevard to Elmwood Avenue.

Lancaster: A service will be held at 9 a.m. at Lake Avenue Veterans Park, followed by a parade ending at Town Hall.

Lockport: There will be a parade at 1 p.m. Monday traveling down East Avenue/Main Street to the courthouse.

Marilla: A parade will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday along Tomarsue Road and Two Rod Road.

Niagara Falls: A parade will begin at 11 a.m. today at the City Market, with a 21-gun salute taking place on Wendel Way between Third and Fourth streets. There will also be a concert from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday on Old Falls Street.

North Tonawanda: The parade will start at 2 p.m. Sunday along Payne Avenue and march to Brauer Park near City Hall. There will also be a Renaissance Bridge Ceremony at noon Sunday.

Olean: There will be a parade starting at 10 a.m. Monday from South Union Street to the Veterans' Memorial Bridge. At about 10:20 a.m., there will be a flyover at the bridge above the Allegheny River. A service with guest speakers will take place about 10:45 a.m. Monday in Veterans Field of Honor in Mount View Cemetery.

Orchard Park: A parade at 9 a.m. Monday will run from the library to Veterans Park, followed by a brief service at about 10 a.m., featuring a signing of the national anthem and a guest speaker. At 1 p.m., there will be a memorial service at the wall at the American Legion Post, 3740 N. Buffalo Road.

Springville: The Town of Concord will hold a Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. Monday on North Buffalo Street to Fiddlers Green Park, where a wreath will be placed at the monument. The parade will proceed to Franklin Street on to Main Street to the Maplewood Cemetery where there will be a service on the mound.

Wales: The parade at noon Monday begins in Wales Center.

West Seneca: Two services will be held at St. Matthew's Cemetery, one at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Veterans Plaza and one at 9 to 9:15 a.m. Monday at the Field of Valor.

Williamsville: A ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday will be held in the Williamsville Cemetery at 5402 Main St. Also, Medaille College's Office of Veterans and Military Affairs will hold a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday at its Amherst Campus, 30 Wilson Road. A luncheon will follow at noon.

Youngstown: The Veterans of Foreign War Post 313 will hold a ceremony at the Fort Niagara War of 1812 Cemetery at 11 a.m. Monday. VFW members, accompanied by the Lewiston-Porter Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard, will begin the ceremony by marching from the Fort Niagara Officers Club to the cemetery. People are welcome and encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

A reception, including a disposal ceremony for worn-out flags, an open house and a new member drive, will be held at the Post, 434 Third St., from noon to 3 p.m.

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