Americans show appreciation to veterans

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – At Forest Lawn Cemetery, volunteers placed flags on the graves where veterans are buried. It’s a day to say “Thank You” to those who have served. For some it may have been a short period of time, others served by giving their lives. For all Veterans, Americans will be eternally grateful.

Every veteran has a story. “I did 2 1/2 years in Germany. I was a truck mechanic in a Persian missile unit over there,” said Joe Orzechowski who served in the U.S. Army from 1972-1975.

“I was Air Force intelligence and back then we had to tell everybody we were clerks because we couldn’t tell them what we did,” said Paul Steward who served with the U.S. Air Force in the 1960’s.

Countless men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice to provide Americans with freedom. Others have returned home but their service just as meaningful. Their stories are encouraging future generations.

“It inspires me that if people are willing to risk their life because of America it’s nothing for somebody to wake up at this time to come here and pay respects to people that did that,” said Ryan Saunders a 9th grader with JROTC.

It’s a day to say thank you.

“Not all of us served in combat. Some of us had desk jobs, we were cooks, there’s a thankless job right? But we all did something we did what our nation asked of us,” said Orzechowski. He always appreciates the gratitude he receives. “Well we did things that a lot of other people didn’t want to do and for that I’d like to thank a veteran too because there’s probably somebody there that took a position that had duties that were worse than mine,” he said.

Flags were placed on every Veteran’s grave inside Forest Lawn Cemetery Tuesday morning before the ceremony. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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