Mayor Robert G. Ortt will be the guest speaker at the Marine Appreciation Day celebration hosted by the Conrad Kania Marine Corps Detachment, Marine Corps League. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, at Raymond Klimek Veterans Park on River Road in the City of North Tonawanda.
The highlight of the day will be the rededication of the marine monument, which includes the famous eagle, globe and anchor that sits atop a portion of the monument. It was recently refurbished after being weathered during the past 15 years - since the monument was built.
A presentation of the Marine Corps League Gold Medal will be given to James May; military vehicles will be on display; and a remembrance of fallen marines will also be part of the event.
Refreshments will be available, along with the Ladies Auxiliary basket raffle and quartermaster table. Western New York Young Marines will also be on-site to answer questions about their program.
"For 237 years, the United States Marine Corps. has produced some of the finest warriors and leaders that America has had. This event is a wonderful way for the public to come and pay tribute to that history and recognize the sacrifice and service of the Marine Corps, and I am honored to be a part of it," Ortt said.