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Deidra Patterson went downtown Friday to buy flowers for Ranney Dozier, on his birthday. Going back to childhood, when she needed comfort, he was always there. He is still only a few blocks away from her Loring Avenue home, and Deidra knows exactly where to find him. She drops to her knees before his tombstone at Forest Lawn Cemetery. "He'd do anything for me," she s…

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Veterans Day is a way to honor those who have served and with that in mind, some area businesses are offering free meals and deals on Nov. 11. Bring valid military identification. For chain restaurants, call ahead to make sure the establishment is participating, and to see if there are restrictions. American Grille (7901 Seneca St., East Aurora) invites active and reti…

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Seventh-grader David Evans was featured in a front-page story this morning. He wrote a poem for Veterans Day about his father, a man he never met. Army Pvt. David Evans Jr. was killed at 18 while guarding an Iraqi munitions site in southern Iraq in 2003. As a baby, David was a spitting image of his father, according to a 2003 story by my colleague, Gene Warner. The …

Among the many Veterans Day ceremonies taking place tomorrow is the Town of Tonawanda's annual memorial service at 11 a.m. on the Village Green in front of the municipal building at Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road. Former Town Justice and World War II veteran John J. Gruber will be the guest speaker. The event, which is sponsored by the town's American Legion and VFW pos…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is planning a Veterans Day concert at a veteran theater – the recently restored North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.). Stefan Sanders, the BPO’s new associate conductor, will conduct the concert, which takes place at 7 p.m. Nov. 11. All the music explores the themes of liberty and heroism. The public is invited to send in digital ph…