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Annual Memorial Day parade to be held Monday in Ken-Ton

Town of Tonawanda

Ken-Ton’s annual Memorial Day Parade, one of the largest in the area, kicks off at 11 a.m. Monday and proceeds down Delaware Avenue from south of Sheridan Drive to Lincoln Blvd. ending at Mang Park.

Preceding the parade will be remembrance ceremonies of wreath layings and 21-gun salutes beginning at 8 a.m. in Falling Cemetery, Delaware and Willow Breeze roads.

Ceremonies will also be at held at the Veteran’s Monument at Colvin and Brighton at 8:15 a.m.; the Vietnam Memorial on Brighton Road at 8:30 a.m.; the VFW Monument in Elmlawn Cemetery at 8:45 a.m.; the Field of Honor in Elmlawn at 9 a.m.; the World War II Monument in Mount Olivet Cemetery at 9:15 a.m.; the Municipal Building at 9:20 a.m.; and the monument in front of the Brounshidle Post at 9:30 a.m.

The parade will feature at least 55 marching units, including high school bands, fire departments and community groups.

This year’s grand marshal will be Charles T. Catalina, who joined the U.S. Navy in 1948. He was assigned to an air crew that flew on a Consolidated PBY Catalina “flying boat” during the Korean War.

He has served as a volunteer at Buffalo’s Veterans Affairs hospital and with Disabled American Veterans. He is a life member and past commander of the Harry E. Crosby VFW Post and current commander of Roll of Honor Post 120, Disabled American Veterans.

This week:

• Applications are due Friday for the 14th annual Ken-Ton Garden Tour, which will be held July 22-24 throughout the town and Village of Kenmore. Visit to register.

• The town’s Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 21 at the Municipal Building.