BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Many people across western New York paused Monday to honor the brave men and women who gave their lives for this country. Monday, the Erie County American Legion placed flags on the graves of veterans buried in the Field of Valor and American Legion section of Forest Lawn.
A special Memorial Day ceremony took place in front of the American Legion Memorial Monument near the Main Street Gates.
Veteran Benita Hairston said, “I’m here today remembering my father, Sam Hairston, he was in World War II. I’m a veteran myself, an Air Force veteran and I have a son as well that’s a Marine veteran, so it’s generations of veterans. Today we’re here just to honor our veterans and remember the sacrifice they made for our country.”
“Remembering those who have passed is only half the task that is before us today. We must also carry their love, honor and duty forward in future generations that will pass. Our children must know who they were, what they did and why they did it,” said a speaker at the event.
Sunday, the sons and daughters of Union veterans of the civil war gathered at a historic cemetery. The group held this ceremony at the Grand Army of the Republic monument. One of the group’s tasks was to create burial plots for veterans who died without anybody to bury them.
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“It is very important, it’s our duty as sons and daughters to remember the men,” said William Parker, Commander, Chaplain P.G. Cook Camp. “Because these are men who did not have the opportunity, to come home, start a family, and have families that might remember them.”
The Grand Army of the Republic was founded in 1866.