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Annual Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Day declared at Naval and Military Park

Visitors to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park will not have to pay an admission fee on the Friday of Western New York Armed Forces Week in future years.

That's because the day has been designated Lt. Commander Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Day to honor the legacy of the late owner of the Buffalo Bills, who was a Navy World War II veteran.

Wilson served on the USS Picket, a minesweeper, and saw action in the Mediterranean and off the shores of Japan.

“By creating this day, we hope to immortalize Lt. Commander Wilson for generations to come, so that we will always remember how much he meant to and cared for Western New York,” said Capt. Brian Roche, the park's executive director.

There is also a display of Wilson's military effects at the park.

Western New York Armed Forces Week generally occurs during the second week of May.

Wilson served in the Navy from 1941 to 1946.

Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park in the Inner Harbor. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

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