Two Memorial Day celebrations, one in advance on Thursday at the Buffalo VA Medical Center, the other Monday at the Batavia VA Medical Center, are open to the public.
At 2 p.m. Thursday in Freedom Hall, Room 301, at the Buffalo VA, 3495 Bailey Ave., Billy Mariani, a 2003 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a combat veteran who served as a captain, will be the keynote speaker. Mariana works as attorney for M&T Bank.
In addition, family members of World War II Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. Daniel B. Nazzarett will tell the story of how the pilot was killed in action during a dogfight over the Netherlands and what became of his remains.
There will be a Memorial Day ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Monday by the flag pole on the grounds of the Batavia VA, 222 Richmond Ave.