Military veteran-led Memorial Day services and ceremonies will take place Sunday and Monday in the area. Here are the details.
Lockport: A formal memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday at Cold Spring Cemetery. Parade assembly will begin at noon at the Veterans Memorial on East Avenue; the parade kickoff is at 1 and the parade will proceed west on East Avenue to Main Street to the Niagara County Courthouse. A celebration will take place afterward at the VFW Post 2535 hall, Niagara Street.
Note, the honorary grand marshal of this year's Memorial Day parade is the late Staff Sgt. William F. Leonard of Lockport, a Medal of Honor recipient who was also awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroics during battle in France in November 1944. Leonard died in 1985. His daughters, Rosemary McQueen, Patricia Kennedy and Carol Maxey are representing him in the parade.
Prior to the formal memorial service at Cold Spring Cemetery, volunteers will conduct a series of brief wreath laying ceremonies at each of the official war monuments throughout the city. They'll gather at the VFW Hall on Caledonia Street at 8 a.m. and make their way to these sites (ceremony start times are approximate): Cold Spring Cemetery / the gravesite of William F. Leonard, 8:25 a.m.; St. Patrick's Cemetery, 8:40 a.m.; Glenwood Cemetery, new section, 8:50 a.m.; Outwater Park, 9 a.m.; Ida Fritz Park, 9:15 a.m.; Grossi Park, 9:30 a.m.; Summit Park, 9:45 a.m.; Altro Park, 9:55 a.m.; and Veterans Park, 10:10 a.m.
Newfane: The annual Memorial Day program will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Corwin Cemetery, Hatter and Lockport-Olcott roads. The program is led by Paul Leader, commander of American Legion Post 873, and features guest speakers including town Supervisor Tim Horanburg, state Sen. Robert G. Ortt, Pastor Gene Wood of Living Water Church, 2015 Boys State Citizen Austin Smith, 2015 Outstanding Youth Trever Noon and Kris Banks, with military honors by the Ricci Hoffer Newfane Legion Military Honors detail. Music is by the Newfane High School choir and band, James Sansone, Jessica Naylor, Pete Robinson, Darleen Platt, Brian Meahl, Mark Herman and Cathy and Glen Bloom.
Middleport: The annual Memorial Day parade will begin at noon Monday. All Legionnaires and local veterans from all branches of service are invited to participate. Parade lineup will begin on South Hartland Street, behind village hall, at 11:45 a.m. After the parade, Clute-Phillips American Legion Post 938 will conduct its memorial service at the Veterans Monument in the Commons on Park Avenue, followed by Middleport Fire Department's memorial service at the Firemen's Monument across the street.
Barker: A ceremony led by American Legion, Herbert W. Carr Post, will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Soldier's Monument in Somerset Town Park. The guest speaker is Anthony Giamberdino of Lockport, command sergeant major of the New York Army National Guard's 204th Engineer Battalion. Music is by the Barker Community Band. Barker High School students and Niagara Youth Marine Cadets will take part as well. A tent and chairs, and bleachers, are provided for spectators.
Wilson: A service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Greenwood Veterans Memorial Park, Park Street, adjacent to Greenwood Cemetery. The service, organized by the American Legion, Martin F. Jennings Post 836, is dedicated to Capt. Richard E. Bourne, who died in combat on Dec. 23, 1967, in South Vietnam. The guest speaker is state Sen. Robert Ortt. The local Legion post will also conduct a flag raising ceremony at noon at the Wilson Historical Society's Memorial Day Fair.
Pendleton: A service will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at Veterans Monument, next to Town Hall. The service is led by the the town's veterans committee and Boy Scout Troop 47 under Scoutmaster Dave Fischer. A special honor guard from Wendelville Volunteer Fire Company will honor all veterans. Service organizations that want to participate should call Bill Rott at 912-6845.
Cambria: A memorial service at Mount View Cemetery, Upper Mountain Road, will be preceded by a processional march from Pekin Fire Hall, starting at 9:30 a.m. Monday. All residents are invited to join in.