Celebrating Western New York Veterans

November 11, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM EDT

By WKBW News


Celebrating Western New York Veterans

November 11, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM EDT

Folks will honor the stars, the stripes and veterans across Western New York today. It's a time to tip your hats to local heroes and say thanks for their service. From the Town of Tonawanda to the Queen City, commemorations and special services will take place for military vets who risked their lives for the lives of others.

Forest Lawn Cemetery Commemoration:
Erie County American Legion will host its annual Veterans Day celebration. American Legion members joined by the MLK girl scout troop will place flags on the graves of veterans beginning at 8:30 A.M.
A service complete with the Pledge of Allegiance, a gun salute and blowing of taps will immediately follow, beginning at 9 o'clock this morning at the American Legion Monument.

Lakeside Cemetery Commemoration:
Hamburg Township Post 1419 and Cub Scout Packs 143 and 592 will hist the annual Veterans Day ceremony. The ceremony begins at 9:30 A.M. and will start with singing the National Anthem, placement of the wreath and salute the armed forces.

Naval Park Ceremony:
The Naval and Military Park in Buffalo will honor veterans at 10:30 this morning.

41st Annual West Seneca Veterans Day Memorial:
Starting at 11 A.M. at the Walkway of Freedom in the West Seneca Veterans Memorial Park, honored guests will assemble. That includes speaker Michael Kearns, assemblyman representing the 142nd Assembly District.

Town of Tonawanda:
The Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, the American Legion and the Harry E. Crosby VFW Post 2472 will sponsor a Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony. Master of Ceremonies is Town Supervisor Anthony Caruana and guest speaker Retired Navy Captain William Loockerman. Starting at 11 o'clock this morning at the Village Green in Front of the Kenmore Municipal Building. The program will consist of opening services, wreath placement and the ceremonial firing of taps.

Canisius College:
Canisius will honor veterans throughout the day and a special tribute will happen this evening at the men's basketball game. Ceremonies begin at noon with a wreath laying at the college's Greatest Generation Memorial. Then, at 12:30 P.M., members of the Canisius community will participate in a Roll Call reading to honor the fallen heroes from Western New York. This evening, Veterans and current members of the U.S. military receive free admission to the game.

Vet Day Leonard Post:
A memorial service scheduled for 11:00 A.M. in Walden Cheektowaga.

Buffalo Zoo:
The zoo will offer a "High Five For the Military" discount today. Members of the U.S. Military and their group of up to six people will get into the zoo for $5.00 total - must bring valid military identification.

The Buffalo Museum of Science:
Take a trip to the science museum today and active or retired military members will get in for free. All they need is a form of military identification presented at the admissions desk. The offer is good for one free admission per military personnel and does not apply to family members or other guests.

The Postal Service will close all locations except the Buffalo Cayuga Branch (open from 12:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.). All delivery services will shut down for the day.

Veterans can get one free item from the Applebee's Veterans Day menu. Veterans must show proof with identification.

Seneca Nation Veterans Day Ceremony:
At 11 A.M. outside of the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel, the President of Seneca Nation as well as U.S. Army and Vietnam Veteran Dale Snyder will honor both Seneca and non-Senecas who have fought for 200 years in the world’s wars. They'll host a dedication luncheon and outside ceremony.