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2018-11-07 / Front Page

Veterans Day events planned

by ANNA DEROSA Associate Editor

This week, residents can attend several events that are being held in recognition of Veterans Day, on Sunday, Nov. 11.

The American Legion George F. Lamm Post 622 will hold its annual ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Williamsville Cemetery, at 5402 Main St.

Members will march behind the Color Guard and into the cemetery at the American Legion Monument. The ceremony will also include a short address from the post commander.

Daemen College

On Daemen College’s front lawn, nearly 100 small U.S. flags, in honor of veterans, will be placed as part of activities being held in observance of Veterans Day.

For the celebration on Nov. 8, a flag-folding ceremony by the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Honor Guard will take place at 12:15 p.m. at the college’s flagpole, located outside the Research and Information Commons. Flags will then be installed on the lawn by RIC at 12:30 p.m. in honor of current and past military service members.

The celebration will also include a lecture, “Understanding and Supporting Those With PTSD,” being presented by Daemen’s LEADS Center at 11:30 a.m. in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. A Veterans Day reception will conclude the day’s events at 1 p.m. in the Nancy Haberman Gacioch Center for Veterans in Duns Scotus Hall.

Additionally, a free lunch will be served to Daemen students, faculty and staff who are veterans or current service members, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the Wick Dining Hall. Military identification is required.

A POW/MIA remembrance table will also be on display Nov. 8 to 12 in the dining hall. Daemen College is located at 4380 Main St.

Amherst High School

In conjunction with Veterans Day, the Amherst Central Alumni Foundation Inc. will present a dedication ceremony from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Amherst High School, at 4301 Main St.

Individuals can meet in the cafeteria at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments prior to the dedications.

The Veterans Memorial Bench will be dedicated at the flagpole at the main entrance of the high school. There will also be an official announcement of the contest to select names for the stone tigers: “Duke” and “Ivy.”

The high school music department will be featured as well as an Amherst alumnus and veteran, retired Col. Edward Seiffert, ’58, a 30-year U.S. Marine aviator.

Table and benches in the rear courtyard of Amherst High School will be dedicated, made possible by the donation of the Wilber family in memory of their parents, Correnne and Herb Wilber Jr.

Pole banners in the Washington parking lot and in front of Amherst Middle School were also made possible by the Wilber Memorial Fund. Wilber was a former guidance counselor and coach at the high school.

Trinity Old Lutheran

A special worship service open to all religious denominations and faiths will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Trinity Old Lutheran Church, at 3445 Sheridan Drive.

All veterans are welcome to participate in the opening processional, the flag ceremony and closing recessional. Those interested in participating in the service are asked to arrive at 10:45 a.m.

The church’s bulletin also includes an honor list of surviving veterans, as well as a memorial list of deceased veterans. Attendees are invited to provide the following information for the lists: name, branch, unit and dates of service. The information should be sent to: Trinity Old Lutheran Church, Veterans Service, 3445 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY 14226. The church building is wheelchair-accessible, and a coffee hour will follow the service. For more information, contact the church office at 836-4868.

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