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(Submitted photo courtesy of the Town of Niagara Lions Club)
(Submitted photo courtesy of the Town of Niagara Lions Club)

Memorial Day ceremony in Town of Niagara


Fri, May 17th 2024 11:50 am

On Monday, May 27, the Town of Niagara Lions and Helping Hands clubs will host their annual Memorial Day ceremony at the newly constructed site in Veterans Memorial Community Park, 7000 Lockport Road. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

Niagara Wheatfield music student Morgan Giannantonio will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” and taps. Lion President Paul Peters and Helping Hands President Beth Colangelo will offer welcoming comments. The Rev. Ron Maines of the Forestview Church of God will provide opening and closing prayers. Memorial wreaths will be placed next to the monument by the Lions, Helping Hands and Dr. Kristin Jacobsen (founder of Hands Healing Heroes), and Girl Scout Troop 74174 and troop leader Nancy Dolan. The color guard will be provided by Boy Scout Troop 841, St. John De LaSalle Church. The guest speaker is Mark Sheer, a local reporter and journalist. Musician Jim Salhany will perform the song “Proud to be an American.”

Following the ceremony, Town Historian Peter Ames will invite everyone present to the Community Center to view the World War II service cloth sewn in 1945 by 14 town women. The cloth contains the names of 148 men and two women who served in WWII.

Organizers said, “Please join us as citizens, as well as a gratified nation, in rightly honoring and remembering all those who gave the final measure of devotion, their life, in service to the United States of America.”

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Calvin Richards Community Center. Questions can be directed to Lion Angelo Onevelo during the day at 716-628-0244.

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