Buffalo Naval & Military Park will be opening earlier this March

The Buffalo Naval & Military Park will be opening earlier this year to accommodate the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament crowd. Our hours for the month of March are:

Thursday, March 16, 2017 – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Friday, March 17, 2017 – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The official opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony is still set for March 25th at 10:00 AM. We are excited to kick off the season and hope to see you soon!

Another Voice: Naval Park needs donors to help preserve history

Source: The Buffalo News
By: Patrick Cunningham and Donald Alessi
Date: January 13, 2017

For over three decades, the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park sat as downtown’s lone waterfront attraction. Now Buffalo’s waterfront is the place to be, year-round.

Buffalo boasts the world’s largest inland naval park. In addition to our three major ships, there are 13 memorials, tanks, planes and helicopters, and our Wall of Honor. Our museum contains exhibits from World War II, the Civil War, the War of 1812 – and soon, World War I – all honoring our veterans’ sacrifices.

Since opening in 1979, the park has hosted over 1,000 reunions, corporate/private parties, veterans’ honor ceremonies and U.S. citizenship ceremonies. Over 75,000 Scouts/Sea Cadets have slept aboard our ships, and our Memorial Walk of Heroes and Promenade attracts over a million annual visitors.

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Naval Park Remembers Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Later

Source: WBFO 88.7
By: Michael Mroziak
Date: December 7, 2016

Two World War II veterans were recognized during the ceremony. One of them, John Lukasik of North Tonawanda, delivered keynote remarks. He recalled being in a movie theater with a friend when the news broke of Japan’s attack on the island of Oahu. Also recognized at Wednesday morning’s ceremony was Frank Klinger, who served on the USS Phoenix. He was presented with a special recognition by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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Buffalo Naval Park Remembers THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY of the attack on Pearl Harbor with a Event

On December 7, 2016, Wednesday at 10 AM, the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park and Erie County Veteran Services will hold an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Attack on Pearl harbor. We will need honoring the 2,403 American service members that died and the 1,178 that were wounded that day in Hawaii. The event will include a presentation, the National Anthem performed by Buffalo Dolls and will be followed by light refreshments.

Buffalo Sabres Say ‘Thank You For Your Service’ with a Visit to the Naval Park

Several of the Buffalo Sabres visited the VA Hospital and the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park this week for a Military Appreciation event. While at the Park, they engaged with veterans as well as volunteers. Another group of Sabres players visited the VA Hospital, talking with vets, showing their respect and support for our country’s military men and women.

View the video on The Buffalo Sabres website to see more.

Judge Robert Russell Lecture

Many people visited the Buffalo Naval Park on July 22nd to see the honorable Judge Robert Russell’s lecture about the issues that face many veterans, specifically female veterans. Judge Russell created the nation’s first Veterans Treatment Court who’s mission is to successfully habilitate veterans by diverting them from the traditional criminal justice system and providing them with the tools they need in order to lead a productive and law-abiding lifestyle.

Judge Russell’s presentation entitled “Buffalo’s Veterans Treatment Court & The Women Who Appear Before It” covered many topics including Veteran criminal activity, drug use, mental illness, homelessness and more.

You can view the full powerpoint presentation here.

2016’s Party in The Park Was Enjoyed By Over 400 Guests

The 2016 party in the Park was a great success! 400+ guests enjoyed food provided by Liberty Hound restaurant, desserts by Eat Dessert First, beverages by Try It Distributing and musical entreatment by the Theresa Quinn group. The Party included table promotions set up for USS Little Rock Commissioning, along with video of the new ship, Naval Park, & Erie County’s Thank a Vet Program.

We expanded this time including the Hangar Bldg. (for desserts and the auctions), the USS Little Rock’e fantail , music on the USS The Sullivans, and for the first time we included our neighbor’s – the Liberty Hound restaurant – patio, which added air-conditioned seating and another bar! The Greater Buffalo Fire Fighters Pipes & Drums lead the Navy Color Guard & performed as well as the National Anthem was sung by an 11 yr. old boy, who did a great job!

Check out event photos on Buffalo.com

ATTENTION: We are Looking for WNY Veterans of Operation Desert Storm

The PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Program is looking to identify Desert Storm Veterans in our community, so we can formally invite them to attend our annual dinner honoring WNY Veterans who served in Operation Desert Storm, Iraq 1991.

We are able to accommodate 50 Veterans, each with a plus one, completely free of charge. This notice is not serving as an official invitation to the event, rather as a tool to find and identify Desert Storm Veterans in our community, so we can formally invite them to attend.

If you are or know a WNY Desert Storm Veteran contact Mike Shurmatz at the Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York, 1280 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14209, 716-898-0110, ext 144 or wearedwyer@vocwny.org.

On September 10th, 2016, the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Program is hosting this annual dinner honoring WNY Veterans who served in Operation Desert Storm. We will spend the evening on board the USS Little Rock at the Buffalo Naval Park, honoring the brave men and women who took part in this “Forgotten War”, which was one of the United States most impressive displays of Military force and dominance.

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VA Press Conference at the Buffalo Naval Park

The purpose of this nationwide effort is to inform our Veterans, their families, media, and other stakeholders of what VA is doing on their behalf in the delivery and access to VA healthcare, services, programs and benefits.