Hundreds in Buffalo for National Veterans Golden Age Games

June 4, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM EDT

By Hilary Lane

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June 4, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Have you noticed that Buffalo has been a little busier than usual the past few days?

That is because close to one thousand people are in town for the National Golden Age Games run by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Think of it as the Olympics for senior ages 55 and over. The week-long games, held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, are the largest recreation competition for military veterans of this age group.

"A lot of them would would probably sit at home and do very little without being involved in the Golden Age Games," said Ramona Spiller", Chief Recreation Specialist. "It makes them get involved, it makes them interact with people , and stops them from being couch potatoes."

The veterans participating in the games have different goals. Some want to make new friends, others are on a vacation, but many are intent on winning a gold medal.

Many of the veterans that do win say they dedicate their awards to their fallen brothers.

"I tell the spirits up there, I am doing it for you guys," said Eddie Wong, Vietnam Veteran and National Golden Age Games participant. "I didn't forget about you."