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Veteran's Day events in the Eden, Evans, Farnham and Hamburg

Peter Ruber and Steve Randall, members of Boy Scout Troop 444, out of Sweet Home Middle School in Amherst, came to Lakeside Cemetery in Hamburg to help Matthew Ostrye with his Eagle Scout project to place Pex piping flag tubes on the site of every veteran interred there. The scouts worked in conjunction with the Hamburg Township VFW Post 1419, as well as staff members from Lakeside
Lakeside Cemetery Veteran’s Day service Nov. 11

Lakeside Cemetery, in collaboration with Hamburg Township VFW Post 1419 and Cub Scout Packs 143 and 592, will host its annual Veteran’s Day ceremony, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.

The program begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Lakeside Cemetery Field of Valor, by the entrance at 4810 Camp Road in Hamburg. The ceremony includes an invocation, singing of the National Anthem, placement of a wreath, salute to the Armed Forces and more.

Refreshments will be served and the ceremony agenda can be found at

The grounds of Lakeside Cemetery, in Hamburg, were originally dedicated in 1896 as Buffalo Rural Cemetery. The current office was the Buffalo-Erie electric train railway station stop to facilitate interments from Buffalo and the Southtowns via rail.

Today, Lakeside Cemetery is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian cemetery offering traditional burial options, including a beautiful mausoleum and the reverent Field of Valor® exclusively for veterans and their spouses. Lakeside became part of the Forest Lawn Group in 1998. For more information about Lakeside Cemetery, visit

Veteran’s Day Ceremony at St. Francis HS honors Fr. Maternowski, who died in France on D-Day

On Friday, Nov. 9, St. Francis High School will commemorate Veteran’s Day with a ceremony in the school auditorium beginning at 8:32 a.m.

Veterans from VFW Post 1419 in Hamburg as well as the Honor Guard from the Niagara Falls Air Force Base will participate in the event. The school will also honor one of its graduates, Father Ignatius Maternowski (Class of 1931), who gave his life on D-Day, June 6, 1944, in Normandy, France.

Maternowski graduated from St. Francis High School to go on to enter the Franciscan order where he would live out the virtues of chastity, obedience and poverty. Years later he also became an American paratrooper where he would live out the American values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

During the invasion at Normandy, Maternowski acted in the best interest of all wounded soldiers both American and German. His plan was to establish a joint base where both German and American injured soldiers could be taken and treated.

However, before his intentions could meet fruition, Maternowski was shot by a sniper and killed. He believed that his role as chaplain would allow him the respect from both American and Nazi forces that he could tend to injured soldiers of both sides. He had the extreme bravery to walk into enemy territory, unarmed and without a helmet.

This past July a dedication ceremony was held in Picauville, France in honor of Maternowski. St. Francis High School French teacher and U.S. Army veteran Kelly Carrigg was on hand for the ceremony. Carrigg has a deep connection with the story of Maternowski.

“I served 20 years in the United States Army as a paratrooper, logistician and liaison officer to the French Army in Paris,” Carrigg said. “Fr. Maternowski inspired me first because we were both paratroopers. I can appreciate the risk that he took as he parachuted into France with his fellow soldiers. Second, he believed in the goodness of man, even the enemy.”

Veteran’s Day Concerts Nov. 11 at Evans and Eden

A Veteran’s Day Concert with narration will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Evans Chapel, 985 Church Road (behind Catalano Motors), Evans and at 11 a.m. at the Faith Bible Baptist Church, 8688 S. Main St., Eden.

Patriotic and inspirational songs and messages will be included in the program.

All veterans (war and peace time), active military, widows of veterans, Gold Star others and any patriotic person is invited to attend.

There will be a gift for all veterans who attend.

Veteran’s Day services in Farnham

The Village of Farnham will hold Veteran’s Day services at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Veteran’s Memorial in front of the Farnham Park on Commercial Street.

Everyone is welcome to attend to honor our veterans.

Deadline is Nov. 12 to get on list for gifts for active duty servicemen and women

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 880 in Eden is looking for names and addresses for any and all servicemen or servicewomen who will be away for Christmas.

The organization will send a package to any active duty service person who will be away from home for the holiday season.

Names can be dropped off at or mailed in to:

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 880, 2912 Legion Drive, Eden, 140257.

Deadline for application is Monday, Nov. 12.

This event is sponsored by Newell-Faulkner Post 880 American Legion and the Auxiliary.

For more information call 992-3304.

Veteran’s Day Service at Newell-Faulkner Post

A Veteran’s Day Service will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Newell-Faulkner Post 880 American Legion, 2912 Legion Drive, Eden, in the main banquet hall.

There will also be an open house that day from noon to close. All veterans are welcome.


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