Events Planned For Memorial Day In WNY
By WKBW News
May 28, 2012Updated May 28, 2012 at 12:53 PM EDT
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW ) Western New Yorkers will remember the men and women who served our country on this Memorial Day.
Eyewitness News has a rundown of some of the ceremonies planned in our community, and will deliver coverage throughout the day.
The Erie County American Legion will host its annual ceremony to honor, recognize and salute veterans. At 8:30 a.m., flags will be placed on the graves of veterans buried in the Field of ValorSM and in the American Legion section of Forest Lawn. At 9:00 a.m., the ceremony will begin in front of the American Legion Memorial Monument in the Veterans Section, near the Main Street gates.
Senator Tim Kennedy is presenting a local veteran with State honors, 40 years after he served. The senator is honoring Vietnam veteran Walter Casheba during Cheektowaga’s Memorial Day ceremony.
Casheba will receive the highest state honor given to a veteran. He will also receive a service star for heroic deeds during combat. Casheba served as an army security agent, responsible for intercepting enemy intelligence on the front lines.
Congresswoman Kathy Hochul is participating in several local Memorial Day celebrations. The representative plans to meet with local officials in the Town of Bergen, before marching in the Batavia parade, which will feature a flyover of a C-130 plane from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve.
The Buffalo Zoo will host local historian Steve Cichon, and Buffalo Zoo President/CEO, Dr. Donna M. Fernandes, as they dedicate a monument in memory of 300 soldiers, who perished during the War of 1812 and were buried in what is now Delaware Park.
A large parade is scheduled to march through Kenmore and Tonawanda. Firetrucks, police, marching bands, and veterans from several generations are expected to participate. Eyewitness News is planning LIVE coverage at Noon.
A Memorial Day Ceremony is planned at Williamsville Cemetery
to honor and acknowledge those who served. The public is invited as the Amherst Township VFW Post 416, George F. Lamm Post 622, the Town of Amherst and the Village of Williamsville honor, recognize and salute veterans with a special Memorial Day ceremony.
Lake View hosts its annual Memorial Day parade at 10am. It goes straight down Lake View Road (off Rt. 5). It is full of little league baseball teams from Lake View Athletics, along with fire trucks and more.
The public is invited to join with the Colonel John B. Weber Camp No. 44, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, on Monday, May 28, at 10 AM, when the brothers will remember those who have died in our nation’s service. The ceremony will be held at the headstone for Frank Becker, Company I, 1st New York Light Artillery, in Concordia Cemetery, 438 Walden Avenue (at Sycamore Avenue) Buffalo, New York. This ceremony is adapted from the Special Service at the Cemetery for Memorial Day in the 1902 publication, "Services for the use of the Grand Army of the Republic." Mr. Becker was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Memorial Day is a Federal Holiday. All courts, city, county, state, and federal buildings are closed. Post offices, schools, and banks are closed also.
To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.