Veterans and the public are invited to join the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park (One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo; http://buffalonavalpark.org/) and the Rotary Club of Buffalo Saturday, June 14, at 10 a.m. for their annual Flag Day celebration at the 100-foot-tall Rotary flagpole (located at the corner of Marine Drive and Erie Street, at Canalside in downtown Buffalo). The patriotic celebration is free, as always, and will include free hand-held American flags, park event calendars and ice cream for all.
The park's 1812-replica America flag will be flying from the 100-foot-tall Rotary flagpole to commemorate the last year of the War of 1812 Bicentennial, celebrating 200 years of peace between the U.S. and Canada. This year also is the 200th anniversary of the "Star-Spangled Banner." Organizers said they are proud to have Buffalo Sabres "Anthem Guy" Doug Allen sing the Canadian and U.S. national anthems.
Ace Flag Co. is the park's official flag sponsor and Perry's Ice Cream is the park's official ice cream sponsor.
•9:30-10 a.m.: Patriotic music will play, free hand-held flags and park event calendars for all
•10 a.m.: Welcome by Tony Diina, park vice chair
Briefing of upcoming events, including "Salute to Services Weeks" (July 4 start) and "The Party in the Park - A Tribute to Our Troops" (Aug. 19)
Flag presentation by Peter Roe of Ace Flag Co. to Don Alessi, park chairman
Special recognition of WWII veterans guests
•10:05 a.m.: Color Guard from the U.S. Navy Operational Support Center
•10:07 am: Singing of the Canadian and U.S. national anthems by Doug Allen
•10:13 a.m.: Reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance
•10:15-10:30 a.m.: Free Perry's ice cream for all
Free parking is located in the park lot, across the street from the Rotary flagpole and next to Templeton Landing Restaurant.
Founded in 1976 on Buffalo's waterfront, the Naval & Military Park is proud to serve as a Western New York asset. In addition to being the largest tribute to veterans of its kind in the U.S., the park serves as the historical anchor of the economic growth and development happening at Canalside, which is visited by hundreds of thousands of people annually. The not-for-profit park remains open for everyone to enjoy because of many volunteers and financial support from the community it serves.
For more information on how to get involved, visit the park's new website at http://buffalonavalpark.org/.