Memorial Day Is A Day To Remember

May 28, 2012 Updated May 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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May 28, 2012 Updated May 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – It’s going to be a great day to enjoy the Buffalo waterfront, while also remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Whether you and your family and friends are enjoying a barbeque, or taking a stroll in the Buffalo and Erie County Navel and Serviceman's Park, there are many reminders of what this day is all about.

The waterfront is the place to be, according to people reflecting on the holiday. Hundreds of people gathered there, and remembered loved ones who served, or are currently serving in the military.

Many young children who were having fun in the sun, also got a lesson in the rich military history Western New York has to offer. They looked at monuments and toured naval ships in the park. Some veterans, including Dick Thompson, were out at the park to give their first-hand experience.

"It's a day to recognize what our veterans have given up for us, the loyalty to the United States of America,” Thompson said.

Memorial Day remembrances are taking place throughout the morning, starting a Forest Lawn Cemetery in front of the American Legion Memorial, where flags will be placed on veterans graves.

Kenmore will host a large parade, and The Buffalo Zoo will remember soldiers who perished in the War of 1812.

STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO‬ ON MEMORIAL DAY

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my deep gratitude to the men and women of our nation's armed services who for generations have defended our country and put their lives on the line so others can live in peace. Memorial Day offers an occasion for each of us to commemorate and reflect on the tremendous sacrifice of the service members who lost their lives fighting to defend the freedom that we take for granted each day. Today we also thank our military families, and especially honor those who have lost loved ones during war. As we gather with relatives and friends this Memorial Day holiday, let us pause to pay tribute to the fallen and honor their sacrifice."‬

Eyewitness News at Noon, 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. will bring you all of the remembrances of the holiday.