Parades and Ceremonies Marked Memorial Day In WNY

May 28, 2012 Updated May 29, 2012 at 9:27 AM EDT

By WKBW News

May 28, 2012 Updated May 29, 2012 at 9:27 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW ) Western New Yorkers remembered the men and women who served our country on this Memorial Day.

Eyewitness News multi-media journalist Ed Reilly covered some of the ceremonies in WNY.

The Erie County American Legion hosted its annual ceremony to honor, recognize and salute veterans. At 8:30 a.m., flags were placed on the graves of veterans buried in the Field of ValorSM and in the American Legion section of Forest Lawn. At 9:00 a.m., the ceremony began in front of the American Legion Memorial Monument in the Veterans Section, near the Main Street gates.

Senator Tim Kennedy presented a local veteran with State honors, 40 years after he served. The senator honored Vietnam veteran Walter Casheba during Cheektowaga's Memorial Day ceremony.

Casheba received the highest state honor given to a veteran. He also received a service star for heroic deeds during combat. Casheba served as an army security agent, responsible for intercepting enemy intelligence on the front lines.

Congresswoman Kathy Hochul participated in several local Memorial Day celebrations. The representative met with local officials in the Town of Bergen, before marching in the Batavia parade, which featured a flyover of a C-130 plane from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve.

The Buffalo Zoo hosted local historian Steve Cichon, and Buffalo Zoo President/CEO, Dr. Donna M. Fernandes, as they dedicated a monument in memory of 300 soldiers, who perished during the War of 1812 and were buried in what is now Delaware Park.

A large parade marched through Kenmore and Tonawanda. Firetrucks, police, marching bands, and veterans from several generations participated.

A Memorial Day Ceremony was planned at Williamsville Cemetery
to honor and acknowledge those who served. The public observed as the Amherst Township VFW Post 416, George F. Lamm Post 622, the Town of Amherst and the Village of Williamsville honored veterans with a special Memorial Day ceremony.

Lake View hosted its annual Memorial Day parade at 10am. It went straight down Lake View Road (off Rt. 5) with little league baseball teams from Lake View Athletics, along with fire trucks and more.

The public joined with the Colonel John B. Weber Camp No. 44, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, on Monday, May 28, at 10 AM, when the brothers remembered those who have died in our nation's service. The ceremony was held at the headstone for Frank Becker, Company I, 1st New York Light Artillery, in Concordia Cemetery, 438 Walden Avenue (at Sycamore Avenue) Buffalo, New York. This ceremony is adapted from the Special Service at the Cemetery for Memorial Day in the 1902 publication, "Services for the use of the Grand Army of the Republic." Mr. Becker was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.