Niagara Gazette

November 7, 2013

Many special events, Gazette insert, to honor vets, celebrate Veterans Day

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette —

There's lots of special events and tributes planned for area veterans throughout the weekend, in honor of Veterans Day on Monday.

The Niagara Gazette will be publishing as special section devoted to the Niagara Falls Veterans Memorial at Hyde Park. The section will be available in Saturday's edition of this newspaper, and will detail the efforts to create the Falls monument, which is dedicated to all war heroes. 

Other events being planned for veterans in the region include: 

  

TODAY

Niagara County Community College will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday at NCCC’s Veterans Memorial Park, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road.

The annual ceremony will be led by Anthony Garza, a student in the Business Administration program at NCCC and a former a sergeant who served 13 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

In recognition of Veterans Day, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence will honor approximately 75 employees, volunteers and Our Lady of Peace residents for their military service during a “Salute to Veterans” luncheon at noon on Friday.

  

SATURDAY

A free spaghetti dinner will be offered to all Niagara County vets and active service men or women and their spouses and significant others. The spaghetti dinner will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lockport Elks Lodge #41, 6791 N. Canal Rd., Lockport.

  

SUNDAY

A Veterans Information Day will take place at the Lewiston #2 Fire Company from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the company's headquarters, 1705 Saunders Settlement Road. A representative from every branch of the Armed Forces will be in attendance and will enter each veteran’s information into a database to tells them what benefits they qualify for. In many cases, veterans may discover benefits that they did not know exist.

Assemblyman John Ceretto (R,C,I-Lewiston) is working with the fire company to promote the event. Those seeking more information can contact Ceretto’s office at 282-6062.

  

 MONDAY

A Veterans Day Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. at the new Niagara Falls Veterans Memorial at Hyde Park.

All three Seneca Casinos in Western New York will offer rewards to area vets and active service members. All those with a valid military or veterans ID card may stop by any property on Monday to receive $10 in free slot play. In addition, the two casino/hotel resorts in Niagara Falls and Salamanca will offer those same individuals a buy-one, get-one free offer at the buffet.

The Town of Niagara Lions and Lioness clubs will host their annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at Veterans Heights Park, located at the intersection of Lawson and Bellreng drives in the Town of Niagara.

The ceremony will include the presentation of a memorial wreath by the Lions and Lioness clubs, the raising of the flag by Brownie Troop 70008, speakers, and music.

The Youngstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 313 will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at Youngstown's Veterans Park, off Church Street in the village.

A reception and open house will be held at the Post on 434 Third Street immediately following the ceremony.

For more information, contact Lance Dickinson at 745-7524.

At all three Seneca Casinos in Western New York, those with a valid military or veterans ID card may stop by to receive $10 in Free Slot Play. In addition, the two casino/hotel resorts in Niagara Falls and Salamanca will offer those same individuals a buy-one, get-one free offer at the buffet.

Bob Evans Farms Restaurants will salute those who have served their country by offering free hotcakes. Veterans and active military personnel with valid ID will receive free all-you-can-eat hotcakes at all of its restaurants. 

Guests must provide proof of service, including: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), wearing uniform, or Veterans Organization Card (i.e., American Legion and VFW).

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill across the country are inviting veterans and active duty military personnel to eat free on Veterans Day—Monday.

   

ONGOING

"Operation: Warmth," was started last winter by the Old Glory Flag and Banner Co. with a goal of  a couple dozen winter coats to distribute to homeless veterans in Niagara Falls. By the distribution date, more than 10 times that amount came in. The coats were paired up with a hat, gloves and a scarf as well as a Bible, an American flag and a letter thanking the veteran for their service to our country.  

This year, the company will collect coats through December and will distributed the coats Jan. 4.  Drop off is between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., at Old Glory Flag, 7350 Porter Road.