Buffalo Navy Week in Full Swing

September 13, 2012 Updated Sep 13, 2012 at 7:12 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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September 13, 2012 Updated Sep 13, 2012 at 7:12 AM EDT

(WKBW)
Buffalo, NY

Organizers of Buffalo's Navy Week hope you'll see servicemen and women with brand new eyes and ears.

Servicemen are showing off their musical skills with the U.S. Marine's band entertaining visitors but also, attendees can tour warships and meet more than 600 sailors.

"If you talk to these seamen through here they are from all over the country," said Marlene Roll of the Erie County of the Erie County Council of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The sailors will tell you first hand about their missions some which involve dangerous clashes with pirates overseas.

"Usually we go down to South America or we go in the basin of Somalia and we'll either patrol out in the basin of Somalia and keep our waters safe out there or go in South America and keep the narcotics from going into the United States," explained ATII Christopher Ragas, a sailor stationed in Mayport, Florida.

Buffalo is one of 15 cities selected to host navy week. This year's celebrations are in commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

"Where we are now having Canada as a good ally and a friend across the water in 1812 it was not like that," said Roll.

One of the things visitors to navy week can expect to see is a replica of the Brig Niagara which was a ship used during the battle of Lake Erie During the War of 1812.

"It's fantastic to see it up close. You hear about it, you read about it and to actually see it in person it's phenomenal," said Jim Sullivan, a East Amherst resident.

"It's remarkable to see so much naval power here in our city. We owe a great debt to the United States Navy for their work during the War of 1812 and beyond," stated an actor playing the role of Erastus Granger, Postmaster of Buffaloe Creek.

The waterfront and it's attractions is leaving a lasting impression on the hundreds of visitors that will participate in the week long event, including Cindy Campione from Tampa, Florida.

"I did not know that Buffalo had such a rich history. The architecture here is phenomenal it's a very very impressive town for a person who's never been here before and I'm very happy to be here. I'd like to move here it's beautiful.