Weekly Feature

2011-05-26 / Front Page

Memorial Day observances set for weekend

The following events have been scheduled in the Town of West Seneca in honor of Memorial Day, to commemorate fallen members of the U.S. military.

Sunday, May 29

A memorial service sponsored by the West Seneca Veterans Committee will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 29, at Queen of Heaven Church, 4220 Seneca St.

A contingent of 30 to 35 veterans are expected, including representatives from the following organizations: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8113; Navy Seabee Veterans of America, Island X-5; AMVETS Post 8113; American Legion Post 735; Harvey D. Morin VFW Post 2940; and Marine Corps League, Detachment 239.

Each unit will bring two flag stands — one for the American flag and one for each organization’s colors. The respective units will then march in together and render a hand salute to the flags.

Light refreshments will be served in the church hall immediately following the service.

Also on Sunday, members of the Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. VFW Post 6251 will dedicate a new flag and 11 newly placed engraved pavers to honor both living and deceased veterans. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the Veterans’ Plaza inside St. Matthew’s Cemetery, 180 Old French Road. Refreshments will be served.

Reservations for the event are preferred and can be made by calling 822-1960.

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day activities will commence at 9 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Field of Valor in St. Matthew’s Cemetery.

The West Seneca Veterans Committee and VFW Post 8113, along with representatives from the Town of West Seneca, will lay a wreath at the base of the World Wars I and II monuments and flag that were relocated from Clinton Street to honor all veterans.

Celebrations will continue with a parade at 10:30 a.m. from Southgate Plaza proceeding north on Union Road to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located next to Town Hall, 1250 Union Road.

The parade will feature marchers from all of the West Seneca veterans’ organizations, as well as other groups, followed by veterans gathering for a short memorial service honoring all Americans who gave their lives in the defense of the country.

The guest speaker for the memorial service will be Bernie Bunny, chief warrant officer of the SeaBees.

Ceremonies will conclude with the unveiling of the sign for West Seneca Veterans Memorial Park.

Following the ceremonies, marchers and the public are invited for hot dogs and refreshments at American Legion Post 735, 35 Legion Parkway.

All events at St. Matthew’s Cemetery are free of charge. For more information, call 822-1960.

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