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Memorial Day weekend events schedule offers wide variety of events here in the Southtowns

There will be many events during the Memorial Day weekend in the Southtowns area which will help kick off the summer season.

The weekend will honor the men and women of the military, both past and present who have served our country.

The numerous Memorial Day services and parades that will be held in the Southtowns communities, listed in alphabetical order, are as follows:

• Angola — On Monday, May 27 the Evans Township Post No. 5798 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Newcomb-Long Post No. 928 of the American Legion will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade and Service in the Village of Angola.

The lineup for the parade will be at the Angola Fire Hall grounds on 41 Commercial St. at 9:30 a.m. The parade will start at 10 a.m. The parade will continue to Forest Avenue Cemetery for the services, then back into the village.

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, decorated bikes, firefighters, all organizations and all veterans from all wars are invited to joint the parade and service. All the Gold Star mothers are cordially invited to attend.

• Blasdell — The Village of Blasdell in conjunction with AMVETS Post 897 and the Thomas E. Tehan Post 1449 will host its annual Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 26.

The parade assembly will be at Firemen’s Park, located at 205 Lake Ave. in Blasdell, at 12:30 p.m. The parade begins at 1 p.m. with the Community Center on Madison Avenue being the final destination.

Local children are invited to decorate their bicycles, scooters or wagons and join in the parade. Dog owners are encouraged to join in the parade with their leashed animals.

The Blasdell Volunteer Fire Department will serve refreshments at the Thomas E. Tehan on Electric Avenue immediately following the dedication.

• Boston — The Town of Boston Memorial Day Committee has announced that the Memorial Day Parade will kick off from Faith United Church, 8651 Boston State Road and proceed to the Boston Town Park Monday May 27 at 1 p.m.

The ceremony will be at the Cpl. David Finger Memorial Flag Pole behind Town Hall at 1:15 p.m. During the ceremony wreaths will be placed at the Desert Storm and Vietnam markers along with numerous pieces played by the Boston Town Band.

After the main ceremony, a small program will take place at the Boston Commons with the placing of wreaths at the World War 1, World War II and Korean War markers.

The Boston Color Guard consists of members from Boston Emergency Squad, Boston Fire Company, North Boston Fire Company, Patchin Fire Company, VFW Post No. 2556 and the Boston Town Board.

The public is encouraged to attend. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket. For questions, call Jennifer Mule, town clerk at 941-6113 x0 or email

• Brant — A Memorial Day Service will be held at 9 a.m., Monday, May 27 at the Brant Memorial Park, at the corner of Brant Farnham/Brant Angola roads, with the Veteran’s Honor Guard.

• Eden — Memorial Day Services will begin at 10 a.m on Monday, May 27 with a salute by the rifle squad at St. Mary’s Cemetery in East Eden. There will be an invocation by Fr. Mark Skura of St. Francis High School. St. Mary’s Roll Call will be done by Joanne Franz.

For the Memorial Day Parade, everyone is to meet at the Laing Funeral Home parking lot on West Church Street at 10:30 a.m.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. The parade will conclude at the Evergreen Cemetery, where there will a program to honor all veterans, along with a musical salute to the Armed Forces by the Eden Junior-Senior High School Band, directed by Sara Roberts.

The winners of the Americanism Essays will be presented along with the Boys State and Girls State Awards.

There will be a roll call of the veteran dead, Andrew Rackiecki will sing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Kassaundra Funch will sing “America the Beautiful” which will be followed by the benediction with Pastor James Reidling of St. John’s U.C.C. Community Church.

Following a rifle salute by the American Legion Post 880 Rifle Squad, led by Bob Franz, taps will be played by buglers Richard Krouse and Henry Ohmit.

The program will conclude with the National Anthem “Star Spangled Banner,” sung by Kaitlin Schnaufer.

In case of inclement weather, the services will be held in the Newell Faulkner Post 880 American Legion Hall at 11 a.m.

• Evans — The Evans Township Lions Club will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Derby Veterans’ Park on Saturday, May 25 at noon. Guest speakers include Evans Supervisor Keith Dash. Parking is available at the Highland Hose Fire Company and the event is open to the public.

A Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 26 at 2 p.m. at Evans Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road, Angola. The Town of Evans Veterans’ Committee is coordinating the event and invites all veterans and the public to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives while serving in the military.

Brian G. Stiller, medical center director, VA Western New York Healthcare System will be keynote speaker. Local officials will participate in the ceremony in addition to Keith Dash, Town Supervisor presentation of Evans Veterans of the Year awards to William Houston and Augustine Pingnatore.

• Farnham — Memorial Day services will be held on Monday, May 27, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Farnham Fire Hall, 526 Commercial St., with the Lake Shore Middle School Band performing.

A chicken barbecue to benefit the Farnham Volunteer Fire Company will begin at noon.

• Hamburg – Lakeside Cemetery, in collaboration with Hamburg VFW Post No. 1419 and Cub Scout Packs 143 and 592, will honor, recognize and salute veterans with a ceremony in Lakeside Cemetery’s Field of Valor on Saturday, May 25 at 9:30 a.m. Lakeside Cemetery is located at 4810 Camp Road in hamburg.

Refreshments will be served, and the ceremony will be held rain or shine.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are preferred. Call 649-5507 or visit for more information.

Hamburg American Legion Post No. 527 will be having memorial services at four local cemeteries on Monday, May 27 as follows: Prospect Lawn at 8 a.m.; SS. Peter and Paul at 8:30 a.m.; Hillcrest at 9 a.m. and Patchin at 9:30 a.m.

The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 27, leaving from the Union Pleasant Elementary School starting on Pleasant Avenue to Buffalo Street, to Main Street, to Center Street, to Union Street and then to Memorial Park. The program will start at about 11 a.m. and should last for an hour.

The Hamburg Moose Lodge No. 992, 45 Church St. will hold their 23rd annual Memorial Day Flag Burning Ceremony at noon on Monday, May 27.

Anyone who has an old or tattered American flag that they wish to dispose of, please drop it off at the Moose Lodge.

An official flag burning ceremony is the only proper way to dispose of an American flag.

The Hamburg Moose Lodge has had congressional approval to perform this official ceremony since Feb. 20, 1990.

VFW Post 1419, Lakeview Road, will hold a ceremony at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 27. The names of the deceased members of Post 1419 will be read at a memorial at the site and then those in attendance are invited to a reception inside the building.

The Village of Hamburg and a Vietnam veteran are hosting a concert to honor military veterans on Sunday, May 26. The concert will take place at Memorial Park in the village starting at 7 p.m. The BBC band will be performing and all are welcome to attend. The event is free. There will be food available.

•Lake View — The Memorial Day Parade will be on Monday, May 27 with the line up at 10 a.m. at the SouthTowns Catholic School. The parade will set off at 10:30 a.m. down Versailles Road to Lakeview Road to Burke Road and end at the Lake View Fire Hall.

There will be a chicken dinner/refreshments and games by the firemen on the fire hall grounds and baseball games at the Burke Road playground.

• North Collins — Memorial Day services will be on Monday, May 27 in the Village of North Collins with the Memorial Day Parade beginning at 11 a.m. at North Collins High School on School Street. It will proceed along Main Street and end at the American Legion.

There will be additional Memorial Day observations at New Oregon at 9 a.m. and Langford at 10 a.m.


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