The Battle Within Memorial Service: Honoring veterans who lost their battle to PTSD

On Monday, May 28, 2018, from 10:00AM-12:00 PM at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, we will be honoring the men and women veterans who have lost their battle to PTSD.

The Battle Within Memorial Service is an effort to get our heads and hearts around the complex issue of the approximately 20+ Veteran suicides per day. It’s meant to be both a fitting military salute to those that have tragically taken their lives, and a forum for issues related to the well-being of Veterans.

In addition to having personal messages by those impacted by Veteran suicide, PTSD, and Traumatic Shock, this event will center on educating the public as well as providing resources available from the VA and community partners.

We will also be unveiling a permanent memorial proposed for inclusion along Buffalo’s Inner Harbor.

The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park Announces Our Preliminary 2018 Calendar of Events

In preparation for the 2018 season, the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park has announced this preliminary calendar of events. More details and additional events will be added as the season progresses.

This year the Naval Park will open on Saturday, March 24th with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that starts at 10:00am. Some highlights of the 2018 season will include our annual Party in The Park fundraiser on August 14th, WNY Armed Forces week from May 10-20 and the October 17th LCRD Ralph C. Wilson Jr’s 100th Birthday Celebration.

Check our Facebook page and our website for updates and added special events posted often.

For more information contact us at (716) 847-1773.

2018 Calendar of Events

“AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE MILITARY” Film and Lecture Series

Sunday, February 11 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

At the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208

★★ Free and Open to the Public ★★

Join Warren Galloway and Eva Doyle as they follow the evolving role and challenges of African Americans in the U.S. military throughout history. Beginning in America’s Revolutionary War to the present, uncover the true stories of our nation’s black patriots and heroes who fought so valiantly for freedoms they themselves did not always enjoy. Galloway and Doyle will present an introduction to the subject, including portions of the award-winning film, “For Love of Liberty.” A Q&A period will follow.

Warren Galloway served in the U.S Air Force and is a retired Legislative Aide to NYS Senator Mark Grisanti and Senior Executive Assistant to Erie County Executive Joel Giambra. Previously, he was as an Affirmative Action and Human Rights Investigator with NYS and Director of Equal Opportunity at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Eva Doyle is a retired Buffalo Public Schools teacher with 30 years’ experience. She currently lectures extensively on African American topics throughout WNY, has authored 11 books, writes her weekly “Eye on History” column for The Criterion and hosts a radio show of the same name twice a month on WUFO-AM.

This film and lecture series is sponsored by the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, One Naval Park Cove, Canalside, Buffalo, NY 14202, in its continuing mission to educate and inspire the community about America’s military history and our Veterans.

For more information, contact Marian Hetherly at 716-308-9649, hetherlym@gmail.com.

New USS Little Rock Commission in Buffalo, New York

It was an exciting few weeks at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park as the new USS Little Rock was commissioned right here in Buffalo, NY. The new USS Little Rock’s commissioning beside the former USS Little Rock represents the first time in the Navy’s 242 years that a new ship enters the fleet beside its namesake. According to The Buffalo News, “Around 8,500 people were at Canalside to watch the ceremony,” which took place on December 16, 2017.

The crowd at Canalside for the USS Little Rock LCS-9 Commissioning Ceremony.

 

Below are some links to local news and articles plus a few photos from the Commissioning:

TITLE: Come aboard the U.S.S. Little Rock
SOURCE: WKBW Buffalo
AUTHOR: Chris DiMaria
DATE: December, 14th 2017
See the original article at WKBW Buffalo

TITLE: Final preps for USS Little Rock Commissioning
SOURCE: WIVB
AUTHOR: Jordan Williams
DATE: December, 14th 2017
See the original article at WIVB

TITLE: An inside look at the USS Little Rock
SOURCE: WIVB
DATE: December, 14th 2017
See the original article at WIVB

TITLE: Silver Presented to USS Little Rock LCS9
SOURCE: WBEN
AUTHOR: Mike Baggerman
DATE: December, 18th 2017
See the original article at WBEN

TITLE: New USS Little Rock makes history at Canalside
SOURCE: The Buffalo News
AUTHOR: Lou Michel
DATE: December, 16th 2017
See the original article at The Buffalo News

TITLE: New USS Little Rock departs Buffalo, embarks on journey to Florida
SOURCE: The Buffalo News
AUTHOR: Lou Michel
DATE: December, 20th 2017
See the original article at The Buffalo News

TITLE: Livestream of USS Little Rock LCS-9 Commissioning
SOURCE: WNYmedia Network
DATE: December, 16th 2017
See the livestream video at WNYmedia Network

Buffalo Naval Park passes on USS Little Rock CLG-4 history to USS Little Rock LCS-9

This afternoon, The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park presented the crew of the newly commissioned USS Little Rock LCS-9 with three silver place settings that were originally housed and used on the USS Little Rock CLG-4. These place

settings will be the only part of the decommissioned USS Little Rock CLG-4 that will be on the newest LCS-9. The three settings are to be displayed in the Ward Room, the Chief’s Mess and a display case for the general crew.

From left to right, Buffalo Naval Park Executive Director Captain Brian Roche; WWII Veteran John “Doc” Long; Cdr. Todd Peters of the USS Little Rock LCS-9; Naval Park Board Chairman Don Alessi

The original silver place settings that were given to the USS Little Rock CLG-4 and now are being passed down to the USS Little Rock LCS-9.

From left to right, Chairman of the Commissioning Committee Moe Naylon; Cdr. Todd Peters of the USS Little Rock LCS-9; , Buffalo Naval Park Executive Director Captain Brian Roche with an official letter from the Naval Park stating the history of the silver settings.

Buffalo Naval Park marks Pearl Harbor Day with remembrance ceremony

Two local WWII submarine veterans honored; All veterans to receive free park admission throughout LCS-9 visit

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dec. 7, 2017 — The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, together with the Erie County Veterans Service Office, honored two U.S. Navy veterans who served on submarines during World War II at today’s Pearl Harbor Day ceremony.

A group photo of the members in attendance from the United States Submarine Veterans Inc. Buffalo Base.

This annual event commemorates the Japanese surprise attack on the U.S. Navy fleet at the Hawaiian Naval Station of Pearl Harbor 76 years ago, an act that killed 2,403 American servicemen and drew the U.S. into World War II. The attack, which occurred without an official declaration of war from Japan, sank four U.S. battleships and damaged four others. The damaged also included three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer. Nearly 200 aircraft were destroyed as well, while close to 160 more were damaged, all of which led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to famously state that Dec. 7, 1941 is a date which would “live in infamy.”

Petty Officer Richard Bondi & Chief Petty Officer Robert Stoll receiving there certificates of honor from Erie County Director of Veteran Services David Shenk, during a the Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony.

“This has been a remarkable week for the armed forces in Buffalo, as we welcomed and are preparing for the commissioning of the new USS Little Rock LCS-9,” said Naval Park Executive Director Brian Roche, a retired Captain in the U.S. Coast Guard. “We are pleased to not only honor these two veterans today, but to also announce that all veterans are invited to visit the Naval Park for free until December 18 — throughout the visit of the new ship — to thank them for their service.”

The two veterans, members of the United States Submarine Veterans Inc. Buffalo Base, were joined by family, friends and base members. The parent organization formed in 1964 and has expanded across the nation to 165 “bases,” including Western New York’s, which comprises of over 100 members. The honorees were:

• Petty Offer 2nd Class Richard W. Bondi, a Radioman who served from 1943 to 1946. Bondi, qualified in 1943 on the USS O-2 SS 63 and then continued to serve on the USS Caiman SS 323, USS Raton SS 270, USS Boarfish SS 327 and USS Burrfish SS 312. He also severed on two submarine tenders, a ship that supplies and supports submarines, including the USS Griffin AS 13 and USS Anthedon AS 24.

• Chief Petty Officer Robert H. Stoll was an Engineman who served from 1943 to 1986. Stoll qualified on the USS Irex SS 482 as a Motor Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Petty Officer. He served on board the submarines, USS Clamagore SS 343, USS Tunny SS 282 and USS Tusk SS 426.

“It’s an honor to present Sub-Mariner veterans Richard W. Bondi RM2 (SS) and Robert H. Stoll ENC (SS) with certificates on behalf of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, thanking them for their service,” explained Erie County Director of Veteran Services David Shenk. “On Pearl Harbor Day and every day, Erie County treasures our veterans and thanks them for their service. The men and women who selflessly served our country and sacrificed for us deserve more thanks and gratitude than we can give, and today we pause to remember those who served 76 years ago today at Pearl Harbor.”

The Western New York Maritime Charter School, a beautiful rendition of our national anthem by the City Honors Instrumental Ensemble, led by Director Donna Kerr.

The ceremony began with the Presentation of Colors by the Western New York Maritime Charter School, a beautiful rendition of our national anthem by the City Honors Instrumental

Ensemble, led by Director Donna Kerr, and an Invocation and Benediction by Veterans of Foreign Wars, Erie County Chaplain David Willard. Additional comments were made by Park Board Chairman Don Alessi, and keynote remarks were given by Fire Control Chief Petty Officer Franco Montjoy on behalf of Commander Todd Peters, Commanding Officer of the USS Little Rock LCS-9, who served as honorary guest speaker.

“I am proud to say I have been a member of the Navy for the past 27 years, which is a short time considering its 242-year history,” said Commander Peters. “Saluting those who served before me is an honor, and I look forward, as does our crew, to carrying on the Navy’s mission to maintain, train and equip combat-ready forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining the freedom of the seas.”

The ceremony concluded with a memorial wreath placed by Petty Officers Dennis Staley and Larry Fuchs of the United States Submarine Veterans Inc. Buffalo Base; a gun salute from the American Legion Donovan Post 1626 Rifle Team; and the playing of Taps by Post 1626’s Laure Lombardo.

Two WWII veterans from the United States Submarine Veterans Inc. Buffalo Base concluding the ceremony by presenting and placing the memorial wreath.

A gun salute from the American Legion Donovan Post 1626 Rifle Team.

A crowd image while the gun salute was occurring.

 

Tickets for USS Little Rock LCS 9 Commissioning Ceremony on Saturday December 16, 2017 “Sold out”

TITLE: Tickets for Commissioning Ceremony on Saturday December 16, 2017 “SOLD OUT”
SOURCE: USS Little Rock LCS 9
DATE: Tuesday, November 20th, 2017
See the original article at USSLittleRockLCS9.org

Due to overwhelming demand for tickets to the December 16, 2017 Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Little Rock LCS 9 at Canalside, the Commissioning Committee has been forced to end ticket registration.

“We have seen an overwhelming request for tickets and capacity for this event at Canalside has been reached.” commented Maurice L. Naylon III, chairman of the local Commissioning Committee. “With nearly 9,000 people requesting tickets, we have reached the limit for attendance given the layout of Canalside for the commissioning of the USS Little Rock LCS 9.”

Although tickets for the Commissioning Ceremony on December 16th are SOLD OUT, the general public is able to see the USS Little Rock LCS 9 while the ship is docked at Canalside for Commissioning Week December 8–17.  More information and a schedule of events for Commissioning Week are available at www.usslittlerocklcs9.org.

Canalside will be open during the Commissioning Week so the general public can view LCS 9 without a ticket. Canalside streets will be closed to vehicle traffic and visitors are encourage to use the NFTA Metro Rail to get to Canalside for Commissioning Week. Canalside will be a secured area and anyone visiting Canalside during Commissioning Week will be required to pass through TSA type security screening.

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Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park Announce Special Event Hours

Check below for the updated winter hours

Closed Thanksgiving (November 23rd)
OPEN Friday November 24th–Sunday 26th  

November 27th–December 7th
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday–Sunday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mon. Nov. 27 – OPEN
Tues. Nov. 28 – Closed
Wed. Nov. 29 – OPEN
Thurs. Nov. 30 – Closed
Fri. Dec. 1 – OPEN
Sat. Dec. 2 – Closed
Sun. Dec. 3 – Closed
Mon. Dec. 4 – OPEN
Tues. Dec. 5 – Closed
Wed. Dec. 6 – OPEN
Thurs. Dec. 7 – OPEN

Special hours while the USS Little Rock is in Buffalo

December 8th–18th
OPEN EVERY DAY— all three ships, the museum building, and the outdoor exhibit yard.
Weather permitting.

Special Winter hours:

December 19th–25th
Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ship access may be limited due to weather and ongoing maintenance.

Tues. Dec. 19 – Closed
Wed. Dec. 20 – OPEN
Thurs. Dec. 21 – Closed
Fri. Dec. 22 – OPEN
Sat. Dec. 23 – Closed
Sun. Dec. 24 – Closed
Mon. Dec. 25 – Closed

Special Hours for IIHF World Junior Hockey Tournament

December 26th–January 5th
Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ship Tours will be limited depending on weather conditions and maintenance work; however, the museum building will be open normal hours (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
A reduced admission price will be in effect when ships are closed – $5.00/adult – $3.00/child

Tues. Dec. 26 – OPEN
Wed. Dec. 27 – OPEN
Thurs. Dec. 28 – OPEN
Fri. Dec. 29 – OPEN
Sat. Dec. 30 – OPEN
Sun. Dec. 31 – OPEN
Mon. Jan. 1 – OPEN
Tues. Jan. 2 – Closed
Wed. Jan. 3 – OPEN
Thurs. Jan. 4 – Closed
Fri. Jan. 5 – OPEN

Regular Winter Hours:

Remainder of January 2018 thru March 2018
Ships will be closed for maintenance & repairs. On certain occasions, one or more ships may be open.
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