Local veterans groups and municipalities will host Memorial Day parades, services and other events to pay tribute to fallen veterans throughout the Buffalo Niagara region area this weekend.
Here's an alphabetical list of public events planned:
Akron: The Commemorative Air Force Buffalo Heritage Squadron will hold a Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast and Fly In, from 7:30 am. to noon Monday. Akron Airport, John Street, (navigation coordinates 9G3). Anyone with a vintage aircraft is invited to join and fuel will be available on the field. Warbird rides will be available, weather permitting. Breakfast is $8 for adults, $4 for kids 12 and under.
Boston: The town will hold a parade at 1 p.m. Monday, beginning at Churchill United Methodist Church (8019 Boston State Road) and ending at Boston Town Hall (8500 Boston State Road). Local veterans, emergency units, dignitaries, businesses, youth groups and organizations will participate. The parade will immediately be followed by a service at Boston Town Park featuring performances by the Boston Town Band.
Blasdell: The village, in conjunction with AMVETS Post 897 and the Thomas E. Tehan Post 1449, American Legion, will host a parade at 1 p.m. Sunday. Marchers will gather at 12:30 p.m. at Firemen’s Park, 205 Lake Ave., and the parade will end at the Community Center on Madison Avenue, where a brief Memorial Day service will be held. Local children are invited to decorate their bicycles, scooters or wagons and join in the parade. Refreshments will be served at the AMVETS Post, 149 Lake Ave., immediately following the service.
Buffalo: At 10 a.m. Saturday, there will be a ceremony to rededicate the monument of 1st Lt. Bayard Wilkeson in Section K of Forest Lawn Cemetery, 1411 Delaware Ave. Wilkeson, a Civil War veteran, was the grandson of Samuel Wilkeson, founder of the City of Buffalo and one of its first mayors. At 1 p.m. Sunday, Sons & Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War will hold a ceremony at the GAR Monument in Section 14 of Forest Lawn to honor veterans from the Civil War buried there. At 8 a.m. Monday, flags will be placed on the graves of veterans buried in the Field of Valor and in the American Legion section of Forest Lawn. At 9 a.m. Monday, the Erie County American Legion will hold a ceremony in front of the American Legion Memorial Monument at Forest Lawn, near the Main Street gates.
The Buffalo VA Medical Center will hold a ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Freedom Hall (Room 301), 3495 Bailey Ave. The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base Honor Guard will participate and U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Adam Czekanski, a decorated combat veteran and the Buffalo District Commander for the Army Corps of Engineers, will be the keynote speaker.
Cambria: A processional march begins at Pekin Fire Hall, 3024 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn, at 9:30 a.m. Monday and proceeds to nearby Mount View Cemetery, where services immediately follow.
Clarence: The parade will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Clarence High School, 9625 Main St., and end at Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St.
Depew: The village's Joint Veterans Committee will begin its ceremonies Monday with a church service at 9:15 a.m. at Vine Wesleyan Church, 425 Penora St., a parade at 10:15 a.m. from the Village Hall to Veterans Park, and a memorial service at 11:15 a.m. in Veterans Park. Refreshments to follow at the Depew Fire Hall on Meridian Street.
Evans: The town's Veterans Committee will organize a ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday at Evans Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road, Angola. David Shenk, director of Erie County Veterans Services, will be the keynote speaker.
Grand Island: Veterans will hold a memorial service at 10 a.m. Monday in Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park, at Grand Island Boulevard and Baseline Road.
Hamburg: Post 1419, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Cub Scout Packs 143 and 592 will conduct a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Field of Valor at Lakeside Cemetery, 4810 Camp Road. A veterans concert will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Park. A parade starts at 10:15 a.m. Monday from Union Pleasant Elementary School along Main and Buffalo streets to Memorial Park, where a ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. The Hamburg Moose Lodge 992, 45 Church St., will conduct a watch fire and flag-burning ceremony at noon Monday. A service will take place at 1 p.m. Monday at Post 1419, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2985 Lakeview Road.
Lake View: The community parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday in the parking lot of St. John Paul II Catholic Church, 2052 Lakeview Road, with a ceremony immediately following in the Lakeview Fire Hall, 2005 Lakeview Road.
Lewiston: Veterans of Foreign Wars Downriver Post 7487 will host a Patriots Parade at 11 a.m. Monday on Center Street, from Fourth Street to Academy Park, where a noon remembrance ceremony will be held, featuring the U.S. Air Force Color Guard. A community lunch follows under a tent in Academy Park.
Lockport: At 1 p.m. Sunday local veterans groups will hold a Memorial Day Parade along East Avenue in Lockport. The American Legion Post 410 is hosting a gathering following the parade at around 3 p.m. at the Legion, 42 Niagara St., with refreshments and music by the Lockport Community Band.
Middleport: The Clute Phillips American Legion Post 938 will hold a parade at noon Monday on Main Street. It ends with a brief ceremony at the American and POW flagpoles in The Commons. The group then proceeds across the street to the Firemen’s Monument for another brief ceremony, followed by refreshments at the firehall.
Newfane: The American Legion Post 873 of Newfane will hold a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday at Corwin Cemetery on Lockport-Olcott Road (Route 78), featuring music and military honors.
Pendleton: At 11 a.m. Monday, the Pendleton Veterans Association will hold a service at Pendleton Town Hall, 6570 Campbell Blvd. It will feature a solemn wreath-laying ceremony, honor guard, guest speaker, invocation, special historical memorial rededication and refreshments.
Niagara: The Town of Niagara Lions Club will hold a brief ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the Witmer Road Cemetery in honor of Memorial Day.
Niagara Falls: A parade is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday along Pine Avenue, beginning at the City Market and ending at the Niagara Falls Veterans Memorial in Hyde Park.
Somerset: There will be a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at the Town of Somerset’s Veterans Park, 8700 Haight Road, Somerset, organized by the Herbert W. Carr VFW Post 425. Boy Scout Troop 26 of Barker will provide the honor guard and the Barker Community Band will provide the music.
Cities of Tonawanda, North Tonawanda: The Twin Cities Annual Memorial Day Parade will be held in the City of Tonawanda, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Clinton and Morgan streets, to Broad Street and then Bouck Street, ending at the All Heroes Monument behind Tonawanda City Hall on Niagara Street. A short service will follow there. There will also be a "Service at Sea" ceremony at noon Monday on the Renaissance Bridge on Main Street sponsored by the Tonawanda United Veterans Council. The 6 a.m. cannon salute to honor the five branches of military has been canceled.
Town of Tonawanda: The town, the Village of Kenmore and veterans groups will hold a joint parade, beginning at 11 a.m. Monday on Delaware Avenue in the town, moving south to Lincoln Boulevard and Elmwood Avenue in the village. Memorial services will be held on Monday at 8 a.m. at Failing Cemetery, Delaware Avenue and Willowbreeze Road; 8:15 a.m. at Veteran's Monument, Colvin Avenue and Brighton Road; 8:30 a.m. at Vietnam Memorial, Brighton Road at park entrance; 8:45 a.m. at VFW Monument and 9 a.m. at the Field of Honor, both in Elmlawn Cemetery; 9:15 a.m. at the World War II Monument in Mount Olivet Cemetery; 9:20 a.m. at the Tonawanda/Kenmore Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave.; and at 9:30 a.m. in front of the American Legion Post 3354 Delaware Ave. There will also be a Firefighters' Memorial Service at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center, One Pool Plaza, off of Delaware Road.
Wales: The parade starts at noon Monday, proceeding from Hunters Creek Road to the Edmund "Bud" Bogucki Veterans Memorial Park and walkway on Route 20A. Refreshments will follow at Community Hall.
West Seneca: The town's Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, sponsored by the West Seneca Veterans Committee, begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Southgate Plaza, near Evans National Bank. The parade will proceed north on Union Road to West Seneca Town Hall, where units will gather for a ceremony. The member units of the West Seneca Veterans Committee will place American Flags alongside a casket symbolizing America’s war dead. Hot dogs and refreshments will follow at American Legion Post 735, 35 Legion Parkway.
Williamsville: George F. Lamm Post 622 and Amherst Township VFW Post 416 are co-sponsors of a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the flagpole in Williamsville Cemetery, 5402 Main St. A brunch follows at the Lamm Post, 962 Wehrle Drive. A parade of marching bands, fire trucks and military units starts at 2 p.m. from Williamsville South High School and proceeds west on Main Street to Los Robles Street.
Wilson: The 45th Annual Wilson Historical Society Memorial Day Fair is planned for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday on the museum grounds.
Wheatfield: American Legion Post 1451 will hold a brief service at the flagpole outside of the Town of Wheatfield highway garage, 6860 Ward Road, at 11 a.m. Monday. The service will be followed by hot dogs, chowder and other refreshments at the Post headquarters, 6525 Ward Road. In case of inclement weather, the entire ceremony will be held at the Post.
Youngstown: Lake Ontario Post 313 Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a brief ceremony in the War of 1812 cemetery in Fort Niagara State Park at 11 a.m. Monday. It will be followed by a public reception with refreshments at the Post headquarters, 434 Third St., Youngstown.