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May 26, 2017 - 3:57pm
posted by Maria Pericozzi in news, batavia, Memorial Day.

Veterans Don Lewis and Roger Martin will serve as grand marshals for the annual Memorial Day parade in Batavia on May 29th.

Lewis will be driving in the parade and Martin will be riding with him. Lewis and Martin were both born and raised in Batavia. Lewis said he has known Martin since high school.

“We’ve been good friends ever since high school,” Lewis said. “He and I have been in the parade every year since we could be.”

Lewis graduated high school in 1944 and shortly after, joined the military. He went overseas to the Philippines and when he returned to the U.S., he was discharged.

Martin also graduated from high school in 1944 and joined the navy in February of 1945.

The parade starts at 9:45 a.m. from the Eastown Plaza and will end at the Alva Place parking lot. A Veterans Memorial Service will be held after at the Jerome Center.

If any veterans wish to participate in the parade, they can just show up at 9:15 a.m. Any veterans needing a ride in the parade, should contact Bob Bialkowski at 409-3624.

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Don Lewis

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Roger Martin

May 16, 2017 - 3:34pm
posted by Billie Owens in Memorial Day, news, Le Roy, Announcements.
The Botts-Fiorito Post #576, American Legion, in the Village of Le Roy announces the lineup for the annual Memorial Day Parade.
 
Parade Date: Monday, May 29
 
Parade forms at 9:45 a.m. and “steps off” SHARPLY at 10:30 a.m. from the American Legion Post Home, 53 W. Main St. to Trigon Park.
 
Ceremonies at Trigon Park will include:
  • National Anthem sung by Mary Brady
  • Reading of names and placement of flags for veterans who have died over the past year
  • Memorial Day Guest Speaker: Rev. David Jones
  • Musical selections by the Le Roy High School Band
  • Closing with playing of “Taps” and Firing Squad Volley
The Botts-Fiorito Post #576, American Legion will provide hot dogs and a beverage at the Post Home immediately following the Parade.
May 10, 2017 - 2:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Announcements, veterans, Memorial Day.

Press release from the Genesee County Veterans Service Agency:

Below is the Memorial Day schedule of ceremonies in Genesee County for Monday, May 29. All ceremonies will include at least full military honors: wreath laying, rifle salute and taps.

7 a.m.  –  Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Genesee County Park, sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 193. (GC Park & Forest: 11095 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany)

8 a.m.  –  Williams Park (Batavia) WWI Memorial. This memorial honors the 35 Batavians who gave their lives in the First World War. (Williams Park: 101 Pearl St., Batavia)

8:30 a.m.  --  Batavia VA Medical Center, at the main flagpole, sponsored by the VAMC. (Batavia VAMC: 222 Richmond Ave., Batavia)

8:45 a.m. (approx.)  --  NYS Veterans Home, at the main flagpole, sponsored by the NYS Veterans Home. (NYS Veterans Home: 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia)

9:30 a.m.  --  Upton Monument. This monument honors the dead of the Civil War, and all wars since. (Upton Monument: Junction of Main and Ellicott streets, Downtown Batavia)

10 a.m.  –  Veterans Plot on Harvester Avenue. This memorial honors all war dead of all wars in Elmwood and St. Joseph’s cemeteries.

10:30 a.m.  –  UMMC Jerome Center (16 Bank St., Batavia). This is the site of the Genesee County War Memorial, honoring all war dead from Genesee County. The Batavia Concert Band will perform patriotic music starting at 10 a.m., with ceremonies to follow. The names of county veterans who have died since the previous Memorial Day will be read and a flag placed to honor each of them. Memorial services will be carried out by Glenn S. Loomis American Legion Post #332; Hansen Brothers Marine Corps League Detachment #951; Veness-Strollo Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1602; Disabled American Veterans Chapter #166; and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #193. (Note: There will be a new sound system in use.)

May 30, 2016 - 9:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Memorial Day, Le Roy, news.

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Rob Radley submitted these photos of today's Memorial Day events in Le Roy at Trigon Park and a parade on Main Street. The events were organized by the American Legion Botts-Fiorito Post #576 and the Auxiliary.

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May 30, 2016 - 4:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Memorial Day, veterans, batavia, news.

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Photos from Memorial Day observances at Williams Park, the VA Center, Upton Monument, Elmwood Cemetery, the Batavia Memorial Day Parade, and the service at the War Memorial at St. Jerome's.

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May 28, 2016 - 4:13pm

David Zuppelli, of Batavia, submitted this photo of his father, Chester Zuppelli, playing Taps on Memorial Day 1944 in New Caledonia, South Pacific.

Here's a schedule for Memorial Day Ceremonies and the Batavia parade:

7 a.m. -- Genesee County Park (11095 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany) -- Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVA #193)

8 a.m. -- Williams Park, City of Batavia-- WW I Memorial (wreath laying, rifle salute & Taps)

8:30 a.m. -- Batavia VA Medical Center

8:45 a.m. -- NYS Veterans Home

9:30 a.m. -- Upton Monument (routes 5 and 63) (wreath laying, rifle salute & Taps)

9:45 a.m. -- Batavia Cemetery, Harvester Avenue, City of Batavia (wreath laying, rifle salute & Taps)

10 a.m. -- Elmwood Cemetery, off Harvester Avenue and Webster Street in the city (AL #332)

10 a.m. -- CITY PARADE -- Begins at the Eastown Plaza traveling west along Main Street and ending at Jerome Center on Bank Street at 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. -- UMMC -- Jerome Center:

  • Memorial Day ceremonies: Invocation; National Anthem with Batavia Concert Band; G.A.R. Order of the Day; Veterans Service Organizations Commemorations; wreath laying with Gold Star Mothers; Honor Roll with drum roll; rifle salute; Taps; Benediction; "God Bless America."

Noon -- Hansen Brothers Grave -- Grandview Cemetery on Clinton Street Road, Batavia (MCL #951)

Participating organizations:

Hansen Borthers Marine Corps League Detachment #951

Glenn S. Loomis American Legion Post #332

Veness-Strollo Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1602

Disabled American Veterans Chapter #166

Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter #193

Sons of Union Veterans Abraham Lincoln Camp #6

 

Here are more local Memorial Day ceremonies/parades:

  • ALEXANDER: Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Alexander High School and travels to the cemetery on Railroad Avenue with a ceremony to take place at the cemetery following the parade.

  • BERGEN: Parade at 9 a.m. beginning at the Fire Hall (Route 19 & Hunter Street), traveling south on Route 19 to Hickory Park with ceremony to take place at the park immediately following the parade.
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  • BYRON: Parade at 11 a.m. from Terry Street to Swamp Road with a ceremony immediately following at Byron Cemetery.
  • CORFU: Parade at noon from Corfu Fire hall on Route 33 to the Intermediate School on Route 77. Ceremony immediately following the parade.

  • ELBA: Ceremony at Maple Lawn Cemetery at 10 a.m. No parade. The Elba Historical Society Museum will be open for tours after the ceremony.
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  • LEROY: Parade at 10:30 a.m. from the American Legion to Trigon Park with a ceremony at Trigon Park at 11 a.m. following the parade.
  • OAKFIELD: Parade at 11 a.m. from the Oakfield Fire Dept. to Triangle Park with ceremony to be held at Triangle Park.

  • PAVILION: Ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Town Park at intersection of routes 63 and 19. No parade.

No parades/ceremonies for the following:

  • Alabama

  • Bethany

  • Darien

  • Pembroke

  • Stafford

May 28, 2016 - 2:06pm
posted by Billie Owens in steve hawley, news, veterans, Memorial Day.

Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia), the ranking Minority member of the Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and a veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves, on Friday remembered members of the United States Military who fought and gave their lives in service to our country and thanked those who still serve to defend our freedom.

“I would like to wish all the veterans and active military personnel in my district and throughout New York State a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. Thank you for your courage and sacrifice which ensures our freedom and protects our way of life. I ask everyone, as you spend time with your family and friends this weekend, remember that freedom isn’t free and please take time to thank the veterans in your life,” Hawley said.

May 26, 2015 - 2:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Key Club, batavia, Memorial Day.

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Here's a picture that came in over the weekend that we didn't get to: Members of St. Joe's Key Club placed flags on the graves of VFW members buried at St. Joseph and Grandview cemeteries. 

May 26, 2015 - 11:47am
posted by Howard B. Owens in indian falls, pembroke, history, civil war, Memorial Day.

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On a cloud-shrouded Memorial Day afternoon in Indian Falls, the folds in the fabric of history were visible in a short service that honored one of Pembroke's own fallen Civil War soldiers.

A headstone for Conrad Litt, a German immigrant who probably joined the Army so his family could have 100 acres of land after the war, was dedicated in a service conducted by members of Colonel John B. Weber Camp No. 44 and the Weber Guard, Sons of Veterans Reserve.

The spot chosen for the marker is next to those of his parents and other family members in the Old Indian Falls Cemetery. The location is at the rise of the hill in the southwest corner of the graveyard. There's an opening in the tree line that overlooks a lush valley. 

Clifford Anderson, one of the Litt Family ancestors, who now lives in West Seneca, purchased the headstone from the Veteran's Administration. He likes the idea that Conrad Litt's grave overlooks that idyllic valley that will become a national veterans cemetery.

"His spirit will look out over his fellow soldiers here, on this hill," Anderson said.

Conrad Litt enlisted in the 100th New York Volunteer Infantry, 2nd Brigade, Company C., on October 24, 1861 as a private. The 2nd Brigade was known as the “Eagle Brigade,” which was sponsored by the Buffalo Board of Trade.

Litt participated in the Battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia, where more than half of his regiment was killed or wounded.

The Pembroke resident died in action July 18, 1863 during the Union’s night assault on Fort Wagner, Morris Island, S.C., when he was struck in the breast and died instantly.

The Second Battle for Fort Wagner was dramatized in the movie "Glory," which is about the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first military regiment in the Army comprised entirely of African-Americans, mostly freed slaves. The 54th led the nighttime charge on Fort Wagner, suffering heavy casualties, and though Fort Wagner never fell, the manner in which the men acquitted themselves led to more freed slaves being allowed to enlist. These black regiments were a significant factor, President Lincoln felt, in the Union winning the war.

Buffalo native John B. Weber enlisted in the Army Aug. 1, 1861 as a private and quickly rose through the ranks, attaining colonel before his 21st birthday. His first command, granted September 19, 1863, two months after the Second Battle of Fort Wagner, was the 89th Regiment, designated "18th Infantry, Corps d'Afrique." It was a regiment of freed slaves. Weber turned down a command of 44th Regiment to lead the 89th. He resigned later after his men were reassigned to another outfit and promised replacements, more freed slaves, were not available. He returned to Buffalo and eventually was elected to Congress.

Litt's remains were never recovered for a proper burial, as the fighting at Fort Wagner continued for another month by laying siege to take control of the rebel-held fort and battery, which was the key to entering Charleston Harbor and the Union reclaiming of Ft. Sumter, where the first shot of the War Between the States opened formal hostilities in 1861. 

Anderson learned of Litt and the cemetery where his family was buried while researching his family tree. In the process, he came across a book containing 25 of Litt's letters home. The book, which also contains the Civil War letters of Litt's childhood friend, also of Pembroke and fellow soldier, Sidney Lake, "I Take My Pen in My Hand."

"I came across these letters he wrote and I wept reading them," Anderson said. "I'm a vet myself and I would like to do him an honor, at least put a marker here for him. His body is not here, but I feel like his spirit has come home now."

The dedication ceremony comes 150 years after what some historians consider the first Memorial Day, organized in Charleston, S.C., May 1, 1865, by a group of freed slaves to honor the Union soldiers who helped secure their emancipation. The first nationally recognized Decoration Day was May 30, 1868. The date was supposedly chosen because it would be a time when flowers in all parts of the nation would be in bloom and the graves of fallen soldiers were to be decorated with flowers.

Flowers decorated Litt's marker yesterday.

For Michael Erb, who belongs to three Civil War reenactment groups, including the Weber group, and is himself a military veteran, taking part in services that honor the Civil War dead is important because the Civil War is a critical turning point in the nation's history.

"The Civil War was America's biggest war," Erb said. "It changed our country forever, you know. We were kind of a disunified country, different states going different ways, and all the sudden after the war, we were all one nation. Oliver Wendell Holmes said it was a terrible war, many people and soldiers died in that war, but look at what we got from it. We're a better country afterward. We're a unified country. Today, we're the only Superpower. It's a time in history that our whole country should remember."

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May 25, 2015 - 7:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in veterans, Memorial Day, batavia.

The video is comprised of photos from the Memorial Day ceremonies at the VA, Upton Monument and the War Memorial at St. Jerome's. Audio provided by WBTA, our news partner.

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More photos in the slide show. To purchase prints, click here.

May 23, 2015 - 10:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Memorial Day, veterans.

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Dozens and dozens of families passed through the St. Joseph Cemetery today to place flowers on the graves of loved ones who served in the military. Above, Adam Figlow adjusts a flag on the veterans marker for the grave of his grandfather Anthony LaFarnara, who served in the Army during World War II, while his son Noah looks on. Below, Adam with is father, Tony.

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May 23, 2015 - 11:49am
posted by Billie Owens in Memorial Day.

From our news partner WBTA, Memorial Day events, May 25:

Schedule and Locations of Ceremonies:

7 a.m.  –  Vietnam Veteran Memorial in Genesee County Park;
8 a.m.   –  World War I Memorial Wreath Laying and Salute in Williams Park;
8:30 a.m.  –  Batavia Veterans Administration Medical Center;
8:45 a.m.  –  State Veterans Home;
9:30 a.m.  –  Wreathe Laying and Salute at the Upton Monument;
10 a.m.  –  Elmwood Cemetery;
10 a.m.  –  Memorial Day Parade down Main Street starting at Eastown Plaza;
10:45 a.m.  –  Jerome Center Veterans Memorial;
5 p.m. -- Dedication of the Civil War memorial headstone for Pvt. Conrad Litt in Old Section of Indian Falls Cemetery.
May 26, 2014 - 9:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, veterans, Memorial Day.

Here's photos from today's Memorial Day Parade in Batavia.

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May 27, 2013 - 11:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Memorial Day, parade, corfu.

Reader Elizabeth Gabbey sent us these photos of the Corfu Parade.

Earlier, we also posted pictures from the parade.

May 27, 2013 - 10:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, veterans, Memorial Day, parade, corfu.

There were about 20 Memorial Day events in Genesee County today. Here are photos from four of them: Services at the NYS Vets Home, the Upton Monument and parades in Batavia and Corfu.

And Ken Mistler's giant flag on the Carr's building.

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May 27, 2013 - 7:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Memorial Day.

Photo: Submitted by Jason Smith; Matthew Smith places a flag at the grave of his great-grandfather, Harold Smith, who served in World War II in the Navy.

There are eight Memorial Day parades in Genesee County today:

  • 9 a.m., Bergen
  • 10 a.m., Batavia
  • 10 a.m., Pavilion
  • 10:30 a.m., Alexander
  • 10:30 a.m., Le Roy
  • 11 a.m., Bryon
  • 11 a.m., Oakfield
  • Noon, Corfu

Elba is holding a ceremony at Maple Lawn Cemetery at 10 a.m.

The county's veterans groups started a series of services that will be ongoing throughout the morning beginning at 7 a.m. at the Genesee County Park. At 8 a.m., there will be a service at Williams Park at the World War I Memorial; at 8:30 a.m. at the Batavia VA Center; at 8:45 a.m. at the NYS Veterans Home; at 9:30 a.m., at the Upton Monument; at 10 a.m. at the Harvester Avenue Plot; at 10:30 a.m. at the UMMC Jerome Center; at 11:30 a.m., the Glenn S. Loomis Grave at Elmwood Cemetery; and at noon at the Hansen Brothers Grave, Grandview Cemetary.

May 26, 2013 - 4:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Memorial Day, parade.

Batavia's Memorial Day Parade begins in the Eastown Plaza at 10 a.m.

Here's the order of parade participants and what you can expect to see:

First Division:

  • Batavia Police Chief
  • VVA Chapter 193 Color Guard
  • WWII Don Lewis
  • Batavia NG 102nd Gun Bn. AAA
  • Ralph Parise Korea
  • Bob Stack Mustang Conv. Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Humvee New York Army Guard
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Paul Ohlson and Laura Friend 1946 Plymouth
  • Dick McClurg Roadster Grand Marshall Mary Pat Hancock  
  • The Ghost Riders
  • Eugene Jankowski driving a 1942 Batavia PD motorcycle, wearing a period Batavia PD Police uniform

Second Division:

  • Genesee County Sheriff Dept. Color Guard
  • Genesee County Sheriff’s Dept.
  • New York State Police
  • City of Batavia Fire Department
  • Mercy Ambulance
  • Town of Batavia Fire Department

Third Division:

  • Batavia Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol
  • Sal Licata Remember our Troops
  • Elected Officials
  • Knights of Columbus

Fourth Division:

  • Batavia High School Color Guard and Marching Band
  • Holland Land Office Museum
  • The Peace Garden
  • ARC
  • The Muck Dogs  /  Amy’s Fluffy Friends
  • The Jaycees
  • Rotary Antique Cars

Fifth Division:

  • Batavia Concert Band
  • St. Joseph Kiwanis K Kids
  • Cub Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts
  • 6 Scouts

Sixth Division:

  • The Patriot Guard

Seventh Division:

  • Care a Van Ministries
  • First Student Bus

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