Upcoming Veterans Day observances in northern Niagara County include:
•The Lewiston-Porter Central School District’s high school historical club is issuing an invitation to all armed forces veterans for the dedication of a new veterans’ memorial on campus.
Ceremonies will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Lewiston-Porter High School, 4061 Creek Road. Dinner and a basket raffle will follow immediately afterward in the high school cafeteria.
RSVP by Friday, Nov. 5, by calling 716-286-7263 or emailing [email protected] or [email protected]. Veterans and a guest will be served free to honor their service. Additional guests will be charged $7.50 for their meal.
•Youngstown VFW Post 313 will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Youngstown Veterans Monument, Veterans Park on Third Street. The program is open to the public.
Post 313 also announced it will team with the O. Leo Curtiss 803 American Legion Post in Ransomville to hold its fourth annual Veterans Day Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Ransomville Post, 2589 Youngstown Lockport Road. The event will also feature a basket raffle and is open to the public.
•Veterans of Foreign Wars Downriver Post 7487 will hold a poppy drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 6-7 at DiMino Lewiston Tops on Center Street. It will then hold the annual Veterans Day observance at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the “Circle of Honor” monument in Academy Park.
•The Town of Niagara Lions Club along with the Town of Niagara Helping Hands will again honor veterans with a ceremony set for 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Community Park, 7000 Lockport Road.
The ceremony includes welcoming remarks from Supervisor Lee Wallace, Lion President Ed Sturgeon and Helping Hands President Beth Colangelo. Guest speaker is U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. (Ret.) Bryan DalPorto.
The ceremony will also include prayers offered by Pastor Ron Maines, Forestview Church of God; wreath presentations from the Lions and Helping Hand; a flag ceremony and reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. The Color Guard will be provided by Scoutmaster Kevin Rolling and Boy Scouts from Troop 841. Musician and town resident Joe Pasquantino will perform “The Star Spangled Banner” and taps with his trumpet.
All veterans attending will be presented a very special veteran lapel pin and small U.S. flag. Following the ceremony, The Helping Hands will provide warm beverage and pastry snacks in the Community Center.
All invited to attend the ceremony and join the Lions in honoring this nation’s veterans. For further information, contact Lion Angelo Onevelo at 716-628-0244, email [email protected], or visit the Town of Niagara Lions Club Facebook page.
•Niagara County Community College is relocating and expanding its existing Veterans Memorial Park to honor the Niagara County veteran community. This park will not only represent those who served in the armed forces, but will also offer community programming to celebrate a proud heritage of military service.
Area veterans, their families, and NCCC alumni and employees are invited to memorialize their service and those of their loved ones on the park’s new monument (alive or deceased). Veteran names and military branch of service will be engraved on the memorial wall, benches and flagpoles for a donation of $150 or more. Veterans will be honored annually during NCCC’s Veterans Day ceremonies.
The new site will include a pentagonal-shaped concrete pad with a memorial wall separated into three distinct sections, two new flagpoles affixed with the American flag and POW flag, and reflection benches. The picturesque new location will be surrounded by landscaping along with a walkway leading directly to and from the parking lot for easy accessibility.
For more information, to purchase an engraving, or to donate, visit www.niagaracc.suny.edu/veterans/memorialpark/. Donations can also be made over the phone at 716-614-5910 or through the mail to: NCCC Foundation, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132.
For more information, contact NCCC Veteran Services Coordinator Joseph Potalivo at 716-614-6283 or [email protected].