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June 1, 2021 - 5:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Memorial Day, video, batavia, veterans.
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May 31, 2021 - 6:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Memorial Day, corfu, news.

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This afternoon, Corfu held a Memorial Day Parade.

Photos by Philip Casper.

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May 31, 2021 - 5:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Memorial Day, elba, news.

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Elba Central School along with the Elba Betterment Committee held a Memorial Day Ceremony today at Maple Lawn Cemetery.

Photos by Debra Reilly.

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May 31, 2021 - 3:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Memorial Day, veterans, batavia, news, notify.

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Here are photos from the Memorial Day Ceremonies at the Veterans Hospital, the NYS Vets Home, the Upton Monument, and the War Memorial at Jerome Center.

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May 31, 2021 - 8:18am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Memorial Day, news, veterans.

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Councilman Bob Bialkowski shared this Memorial Day photo of the front of his house. Bialkowski has organized today's Memorial Day Parade in Batavia, which starts in Eastown Plaza at 9:45 a.m.

Other events in the county today: 

  • Alexander: Ceremony in the Alexander Village Cemetery at 11 a.m.
  • Bergen: Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. in Hickory Park.
  • Byron: Ceremony in the Byron Cemetery at 11 a.m.
  • Corfu: Parade at noon from the Corfu Fire Hall to the Intermediate School. Ceremony to follow.
  • Elba: Ceremony at Maple Lawn Cemetery at 10 a.m.  
  • Le Roy: Parade at 10:30 a.m. starting at the American Legion Hall and ending at Trigon Park with a ceremony to follow.
  • Memorial services at the VA Center at 8:30 a.m., the NYS Vets Home at 8:45 a.m., Harvester Avenue at 9:30 a.m., Upton Monument at 10 a.m., the War Memorial at Jerome Center at 10:30  a.m., Glenn S. Loomis Grave, Elmwood Cemetery, 11:30 a.m., Hanson Brothers Grave, Grandview, at noon.
May 27, 2021 - 3:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, news, Memorial Day, Memorial Day Parade.

Sure, serving in the Army during World War II was the patriotic thing to do, says Batavia resident Harry Boyer, but he's also humble about his service to his country.

"I figured I was one of the lucky ones who didn't have to carry a rifle," Boyer said. "I was in the Signal Corps. I just did what I was supposed to do."

At 101, Boyer is likely to be the oldest veteran taking part in the City of Batavia's Memorial Day Parade on Monday. He will be part of the veterans contingent marching and riding with the Batavia Lions Club.

Boyer served in the Army Signal Corps, first in Italy, and then after the war ended in Europe, he was shipped off to the Philippines, arriving there the Friday before the war in the Pacific ended. He then participated in the occupation of Japan until his service time ended.

He said there was nothing remarkable about his time in the Army, repeating, "I just did what I was told to do."

The parade starts at Eastown Plaza at 9:45 a.m. and will proceed down Main Street to Bank Street before wrapping up at Alva Place. The current forecast for Monday is partly cloudy and a high of 70 degrees.

Submitted photo.

May 30, 2020 - 3:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in Memorial Day, byron, news.

Submitted photo and information from Pat Iamon:

Joe Riggi, aka "Uncle Sam," decided the Town of Byron needed to commemorate Memorial Day despite having their yearly Memorial Day parade and festivities cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

So the Air Force veteran and Byron resident donned on his patriotic costume, plastered on white sideburns made of cotton and decorated his "float," which is no match for an overgrown lawn.

He hooked up his wireless speakers and computer and drove around with speakers blaring patriotic songs. His efforts were very much appreciated.

He was met with waves, smiles and many thumbs up!

Riggi is a member of the Byron Volunteer Fire Department, a proud denizen of Byron, and a spirit lifter for sure.

May 26, 2020 - 10:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Memorial Day, War Memorial, St. Jerome's, news, video.
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In accordance with restrictions on social gatherings, area veterans conducted their annual Memorial Day Service at the War Memorial in Batavia, which included a reading of the names of Genesee County veterans who died during the previous 12 months.

May 25, 2020 - 3:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Upton Monument, batavia, Memorial Day, news.

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Photos from the Memorial Day service today at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument (The Upton Monument) in Batavia.

We'll have video report posted tonight or tomorrow of the Memorial Day Service at the War Memorial at St. Jerome's.

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May 25, 2020 - 3:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in David Krzemien, sheriff, news, Memorial Day.

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Press release:

The Committee to Elect David Krzemien for Genesee County Sheriff would like to wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day!

The last Monday in May has been deemed Memorial Day dating as far back as 1868. This day is set aside to remember and honor those military members who lost their lives serving our country. In today’s world with increased restrictions on our freedom, the ultimate sacrifice that so many made means so much more.

Men and women sacrificed their comfort, and ultimately their lives to protect and defend the rights and liberty we have in America today. It is our job to teach younger generations about the brave men and women who never made it home after defending our country.

The sacrifice made by those military men and women should be remembered and celebrated today and every day. God Bless America, we are strong and will make it through this together!

Pictures included were taken at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Cemetery. Special thanks to David Krzemien, Michelle Krzemien, Christopher Parker, Cooper Parker, Lonnie Nati, Julia Pettys, Trevor Krzemien and Emily Burow for taking the time to place flags on the graves of service members.

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May 27, 2019 - 5:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Memorial Day, batavia, parade.
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May 27, 2019 - 3:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Memorial Day, batavia, veterans.
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Memorial Day ceremonies in Batavia.

May 24, 2019 - 12:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in steve hawley, veterans, news, Memorial Day.

A statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley:

"Today, I join millions of Americans who honor the sacrifice paid by fallen soldiers and their families. Generation after generation, beginning with the American Revolution, soldiers have stood ready to defend their country, freedoms and civil liberties with their lives.

"As a result of that sacrifice, our nation has been free, prosperous and the envy of the world throughout its history.

“Americans owe a special debt of gratitude to our fallen soldiers and gold star families. I am especially grateful that my colleagues in the state Assembly finally joined an effort I have long championed to grant the dependants of fallen soldiers free college tuition.

"I am also proud to continue the tradition of Patriot trips to Washington, D.C., the annual trip I take with veterans and their families to visit the Capitol of our country, which they fought so hard to protect. 

“As the son of a World War II veteran and a veteran of the military myself, standing up for veterans is a duty I will never overlook. That is why I cherish my position on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee in the Assembly.

"In the coming weeks, I look forward to continuing my fight for legislation to exempt honorably discharged veterans from Thruway tolls, veterans over 85 years old from paying state income tax, and extending state benefits to promote veteran-owned businesses.

“Nevertheless, on this Memorial Day I want to extend a special salute to our fallen soldiers and all of our nation’s Gold Star families. As a nation, we must never forget their extraordinary service and patriotism.”

May 21, 2019 - 4:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in Memorial Day.

From the Genesee County Veterans Service Agency:

Batavia Memorial Day Schedule of Ceremonies for May 27, 2019

All ceremonies will include at least full military honors: wreath laying, rifle salute & taps.

7 a.m.** -- See ** below.

8 a.m. – Williams Park at 101 Pearl St. -- World War I Memorial. This memorial honors the 35 Batavians who gave their lives in World War I.

8:30 a.m. -- Batavia VA Medical Center, at the main flagpole, sponsored by the VAMC.

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

9:30 a.m. -- Veterans Plot on Harvester Avenue. This memorial honors all war dead of all wars in Elmwood and St. Joseph cemeteries.

10:30 a.m. – UMMC Jerome Center. 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 o'clock, 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; Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #193; and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War -- Abraham Lincoln Chapter #6.

11:30 a.m. -- Glenn S. Loomis Grave -- Elmwood Cemetery -- American Legion Post #332

12 p.m. -- Hansen Bros. Grave -- Grandview Cemetery -- Marine Corps League Detachment #951

At 12:30 p.m., there will be a luncheon for veterans and their guests at VFW Post #1602 and AL Post # 332.

Genesee County 2019 Memorial Day Parades / Ceremonies

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.

Batavia: Parade starting at 9:45 a.m. beginning at the Eastown Plaza traveling west along Main Street and ending at Alva Place.

Bergen: Parade at 9 a.m. beginning at the Bergen 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.

Byron: Parade at 11 a.m. from Terry Street to Swamp Road with a ceremony immediately following at Byron Cemetery.

Corfu: Parade at 12 p.m. from Corfu Fire Hall on Route 33 to the Intermediate School on Route 77. Ceremony immediately following the parade.

**East Bethany: **Vietnam Veterans Memorial Service at 7 a.m. at Genesee County Park & Forest, sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #193.

Elba: Ceremony at 10 a.m. at Maple Lawn Cemetery. NO parade. The Elba Historical Society Museum will be open for tours after the ceremony.

Le Roy: 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 Department to Triangle Park with ceremony to be held at Triangle Park.

NO parade or ceremonies for the following towns:

Alabama

Bethany

Darien

Pavilion

Pembroke

Stafford

May 18, 2019 - 2:37pm

An invitation from Bob Bialkowski, Batavia City councilman at large:

This is an invitation to all members of the community to participate in this year’s Batavia Memorial Day parade on Memorial Day Monday May 27th.

The City of Batavia is sponsoring the parade and we are looking forward to another great turnout.

The parade will kick off at 9:45 a.m from the Eastown Plaza on East Main Street and end at the Alva Place parking lot downtown. People can then attend the Veterans Memorial Service at the Memorial site across the street at the Jerome Center.

Any veterans wishing to participate in the parade can just show up at 9:15. Veterans needing a ride in the parade please contact me.

Any groups wishing to participate please let us know as all are welcome. Please keep the theme of respect to all our veteran and first responders.

Let’s show our support to our veterans and first responders! Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy our annual parade.

Thank you,

Bob Bialkowski

585 409-3624

May 16, 2019 - 3:41pm

Le Roy Village Mayor Greg Rogers, Poppy Girl 2019 Celeste Vescovi, and Le Roy Town Supervisor Steve Barbeau.

Submitted photo and press release:

The Botts-Fiorito American Legion Post #576 has selected the 2019 Poppy Girl, who will be featured in the upcoming Memorial Day Parade in Le Roy on Monday, May 27.

Little Miss Celeste Vescovi will reign as this year's Poppy Girl. She is a kindergartener at Wolcott Street School in Le Roy.

Celeste is the daughter of Sara and John Vescovi and granddaughter of Barb and John Vescovi and Christa Coulon. Also she is the great-granddaughter of the late Don Vescovi (Clarky), past commander and adjutant of Botts-Fiorito Post 576.

Celeste enjoys dance, bowling and singing, especially karaoke; also reading is a favorite pastime.

You can meet Celeste in Le Roy on Memorial Day -- at the American Legion Post, and distributing traditional red crepe paper poppies at Tops Market (128 W. Main St.).

The symbolic flower is given out by the American Legion Auxiliary to raise money and to commemorate the sacrifice of so may men and women who have died fighting for their country. (To learn more about the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program, click here.)

Le Roy's Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 27th, starting at the American Legion (53 W. Main St.) at 10:30 a.m., and ceremonies will follow at 11 o'clock in Trigon Park.

For previous coverage on 2019 Memorial Day plans in Le Roy, click here.

May 15, 2019 - 4:08pm

Notice of Memorial Day events in Le Roy from the Botts-Fiorito American Legion Post #576:

Remembering the War Dead:

Memorial Day services will be conducted on Monday, May 27, at two community cemeteries, starting at Machpelah on North Street at 8 a.m., followed by St. Francis, located on the south side of Exchange Street.

The Post Chaplain will conduct the respective services, followed at each location with a volley by the Firing Squad in recognition of the deceased veterans.

Parade Schedule:

  • Parade forms at 9:45 a.m. in the American Legion parking lot, 53 W. Main St.;
  • Parade “steps off” at 10:30 a.m. SHARPLY, proceeds to Trigon Park.

Ceremonies at Trigon Park:

  • Introduction and “Welcome” by the Post Commander, John Graney;
  • Invocation reading by the Post Chaplain, Gary Bassett;
  • Singing of the “National Anthem” by Mary Brady;
  • Introduction of the 2019 “Poppy Girl” -- Celeste Vescovi;
  • Memorial Day Guest Speaker: Town Supervisor Steve Barbeau;
  • Dedication of Korean War Veterans Bench -- Lynne Belluscio and John Graney;
  • Reading of names and placement of flags for veterans who have passed over the past year;
  • Placement of wreath on the Monument -- Commander Graney, Auxiliary President Marlene McCumiskey;
  • Musical selections by the Le Roy High School Band;
  • Closing with the playing of “Taps” and volley by the Firing Squad;
  • Benediction and closing by the Post Chaplain;
  • Singing of “God Bless America” led by Mary Brady.

As per tradition, all are cordially invited to the American Legion Post Home, 53 W. Main St. for free hot dogs and a soft drink immediately following the ceremonies.

May 28, 2018 - 4:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Memorial Day, parade, news, batavia.

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