Communities to hold Memorial Day services

A number of communities will be holding Memorial Day services Monday. Here is a list of some of the planned events:

BROCTON-PORTLAND

A ceremony honoring veterans is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland. World War II veteran Bill North will raise the flag, assisted by Grace Graham, a Junior Auxiliary member.

Boys State representatives Mark Nickerson and Anthony Miller, along with Girls State representative Antonia Foti will give short readings. The Brocton Central School band will perform. Betty Deland, a Vietnam-era veteran will be the guest speaker.

Following the ceremony, a light luncheon will be available at the J.W. Dill Post 434 on Main Street in Brocton. All are welcome.

The Brocton Star Apartments on Central Avenue will also host a Memorial Day veterans commemoration service with the Brocton American Legion on Monday at 11 a.m. The event will take place in the Star Apartments entryway. All are welcome.

CASSADAGA

Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280 has a full day planned for their Memorial Day activities, starting bright and early at 6 a.m. (this kicks off part one of the day) with a free breakfast at the Post for all participants, and to get ready for the ceremony.

At 6:45 a.m the bus departs for ceremonies at various locations throughout the Valley: Charlotte Center Ceremony is the first stop, 7:05 a.m.; Burnham Hollow Corner Cemetery,7:15 a.m.; Christian Cemetery, Bard/Shumla Road, 7:30 a.m.; Stockton Old Cemetery, 7:45 a.m.; Stockton Greenwood Cemetery, 8 a.m.; Centralia Union Cemetery, 8:15 a.m.; Red Bird Cemetery, 8:30 a.m.; Sinclairville Parade, 9 a.m.; Picketts Corner Cemetery, 9:30 a.m.; Lily Dale Memorial Service ( Gun Salute/ Return to Post upon completion), 10 a.m.

Part two begins at 10:30 a.m. when people gather for the parade to march/ ride from the Legion to Ames Common. The parade will go from there to the Veterans Circle, Cassadaga Cemetery, where the speakers will be at 11:55 a.m. Raising the flag and a 21 gun salute will take place in front of the Legion at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments for all guests will take place in the Legion at 12:40 p.m.

See the full write-up on page A8.

CHERRY CREEK

The South Dayton American Legion and the Pine Valley VFW will host the Memorial Day parade starting at 10:30 a.m. The parade will start downtown at the four corners and continue to the cemetery on Route 62. There will be a memorial ceremony in the cemetery.

COLLINS CENTER

A parade will start at 9 a.m., from Collins Center Zoar Road, near the former milk factory. The parade will travel to the Collins Center Cemetery on Route 39.

DUNKIRK

The 28th Annual Memorial Day Service sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veterans Park Museum will be held on the lighthouse grounds Monday at 8:45 a.m.

The Memorial Day service and parade will assemble on Monday morning.

Services will begin at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park on Lake Shore Drive West and will be conducted by the participating organizations of the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council.

Full information on the Dunkirk services can be found on Page A8.

FORESTVILLE

On Monday, a parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. in downtown Forestville. Forestville American Legion J. Carter Knapp Post 953, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Forestville High School Band and the Forestville Volunteer Fire Department will participate.

After the parade, a Memorial Day Service will be held at the American Legion Post, 6 Cedar St. Doug Allen, the singer who performs the United States’ and Canadian National Anthems at Sabres hockey games, will perform patriotic songs. The service will honor members of the military and the traditional 21-gun salute.

FREDONIA

Memorial Day Services will be observed in Fredonia on Monday beginning at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Memorial Post 59, 156 E. Main St.

Services will also be held at the veterans’ monument in Barker Common in downtown Fredonia at 10:30 a.m., as well as at Fredonia Place, 50 Howard St., at 11 a.m.

Breakfast will be served for Memorial Day participants by Boy Scout Troop 257 at the Legion Post at 9 a.m.

GOWANDA

The American Legion Post 409 will host a breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. The breakfast is free to veterans and $4 for non-veterans. The breakfast will be held at the American Legion, 100 Legion Drive, Gowanda.

A parade will start line-up at 9:30 a.m., at the legion. The parade will leave the legion exiting on Legion Drive to West Main Street. The parade will end at St. Joseph’s Park on Aldrich Street.

The post will also host a memorial motorcycle run to leave from the legion at 9:15 a.m. The run will travel to Sprague Brook Park in Springville with a service.

LEON

The South Dayton American Legion and the Pine Valley VFW will hold their parade starting at 9 a.m. The parade will travel from the fire hall to Memorial Park with a ceremony in Memorial Park.

A civil war dedication and reading of the honor roll in the four corners will take place as well.

RIPLEY

There will be a Memorial Day service held at the East Ripley Cemetery at 10 a.m. At noon, the Ripley Auxiliary is sponsoring a veterans dinner at the Ripley Fire Hall, 11 South State St., Ripley.

Parade line-up will begin at 1 p.m. at Ross Street, with the parade beginning at 1:30 p.m., and ending at Quincy Cemetery.

There will be another Memorial Day service in Quincy Cemetery on Shaver Street at 2 p.m. with keynote speaker County Executive Vince Horrigan.

SHERIDAN

The town of Sheridan is holding its annual Memorial Day Services and Parade on Monday.

At 10 a.m., a flag raising ceremony will be held in the front yard of the new Sheridan municipal complex, formerly the St. John Bosco church complex, on Route 20.

From 10 until 11:30 a.m., an open house will take place for all three buildings in the municipal complex; residents will have a chance to tour the new town courthouse in the former St. John Bosco church building.

Parade line-up will take place between 11:30 a.m. and noon at the municipal complex parking lot. The parade will start around noon and proceed on Route 20 to the Sheridan Center Cemetery on Center Road, where a memorial service will be held to honor our deceased veterans.

All residents are urged to come out in support of our deceased veterans.

In the event of inclement weather, services will be held in the Sheridan Methodist Church on Route 20, just east of Center Road.

After the parade and services, the Sheridan Fire Department will hold its annual Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue fundraiser at the fire hall at 2800 Route 20.

SILVER CREEK

To celebrate Memorial Day, the Silver Creek VFW Samuel Cimino Post 6472 will be joined by Silver Creek American Legion Post 148 and Lake Shore Marine Corps Detachment Monday at 10:30 a.m. in a march down Main Street to the Village Square, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. The venue for the memorial service in the park is weather permitting.

The service will be followed by free hot dogs and refreshments at the VFW Post, 13 Main St.

SINCLAIRVILLE

Anyone interested in marching at this years parade needs to line up at the post office by 8:30 a.m. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. as it has for several decades, when the village started this tradition in 1924. Services will be held after the parade in the Evergreen Cemetery near the Soldiers Monument.

Veteran Doug Kibby is the keynote speaker this year.

See additional information on page A8.

SOUTH DAYTON

The South Dayton American Legion and Pine Valley VFW will hold the Memorial Day parade on Monday starting at noon. The parade will line up at the legion and travel down to Main Street to the village park, where a memorial ceremony will be held.

WESTFIELD

The village has a tentative schedule planned for this years Memorial Day Observance.

Lowering of the flag ceremony will be held in Moore Park at 7:30 a.m., Dan Reid Pier Navel & Maritime Observance will began afterward at 8 a.m.

After people will gather at St. James Cemetery at 8:30 a.m. and Union Cemetery at 9:15 a.m. everyone will assemble back at Moore Park to start the parade at 10 a.m. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at the Academy Street Cemetery for the ceremony. At noon the raising of the flag will be back at Moore Park.

Afterward there will be open houses at the American Legion JW Rogers Post 327, located at 4 Clark St., and VFW Post 6764 at the corner of Pearl and Washington streets.

Compiled by staff members Nicole Gugino, Greg Fox, Samantha McDonnell and Jasmine Willis. Send comments to editorial@observertoday.com