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Honor our veterans

by jmaloni
Mon, Nov 7th 2011 07:00 am

The following is a list of area Veterans Day observances and programs.

•Youngstown Veterans of Foreign War Post 313 will be holding a Veterans Day ceremony in Youngstown Veterans Park on Friday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. VFW members accompanied by the Lewiston-Porter Air Force Junior ROTC unit will be marching from Post 313 on Third Street to Veterans Park. The public is welcome to join the members at the park and for refreshments at the post after the ceremony. The public is also invited to a free concert in honor of veterans given by the Lew-Port All Stars (Summer of '69) at the Stone Jug beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday. For more information contact Gary at 628-0440.

•The American Legion Wheatfield Post 1451 will conduct Veterans Day ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 11. At 11 a.m. a ceremony recognizing and honoring all veterans will be held at the Town of Wheatfield Veterans Monument on Ward Road. Following the ceremony a luncheon will be held at the Legion Post at 6525 Ward Road. Freshly made chowder, refreshments and desserts will be for sale.

At 1:30 p.m. a flag retirement ceremony will be held in the post parking lot with the Marine Corps League providing the color guard and rifle team. Anyone who has a worn or weathered American flag may bring it to the post to have it properly disposed of at that time. All events are open to the public. Further information can be obtained by calling the Legion at 731-4712.

•First Unitarian Universalist Church of Niagara, 639 Main St., Niagara Falls, opposite Veterans Park, will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 for any and all veterans to come and socialize; tell your stories and share with us your experiences.

The church points out that Veterans Day is one during which we remember and celebrate those who have given up all, or part of their lives, so that our country can continue to thrive and work towards the goals set forth by our forefathers. All veterans are invited and the church will have refreshments and places for memorabilia as well as listening ears.

•On Friday, Nov. 11, the Town of Niagara Lions and Lioness clubs will host their annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Heights Park in the Town of Niagara. Ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. at the park, located at the intersection of Lawson and Bellreng drives.

The program will include the presentation of memorial wreaths by the Fredrick F. Cadille Post of the American Legion, the Ladies Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion, and the Lions and Lioness, as well as the raising of the flag, speakers and the playing of Taps.

The Western New York Corps of Cadets will provide the color guard. Ron Maines, pastor of Forestview Church of God, will offer opening and closing prayers. Trumpet players Randy Chase and Josh Kerns, students from Niagara-Wheatfield High School, will perform a Taps duet.

Speakers will be Joe Rizzotto, commander of the Fredrick F. Cadille Post; Gene Colucci, president of the Town of Niagara Business and Professional Association; Angelo Onevelo of the Town of Niagara Lions Club; and Staff Sgt. Robert Browngriffin of the 914th Airlift Wing.

Following the ceremony the Lioness Club will serve warm beverages and pastry at the St. Vincent DePaul Parish Center, 2748 Military Road, Town of Niagara.

The Lions welcome everyone to join them in honoring veterans.

For information or questions, leave a message at 297-4337 and your call will be returned.

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