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!

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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

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.

WNY Veterans Honored on Independence Day at Naval and Military Park in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — As the nation celebrates its 240th year of independence, four more veterans were inducted on the Wall of Honor inside the Naval and Military Park at Canalside in Buffalo.

Brian Fitzgerald, Vito Rinaldo, Elmer Wienclawski and John Moffat were honored for their service with a name plaque on the wall with other Western New York veterans. Dozens came out to the ceremony that included a keynote address from State Senator Tim Kennedy.

“Two hundred and forty years is an extraordinary feat. It’s a feat that has only been able to have been accomplished by those individuals that put on the military uniform like the four inductees here today, others in this room and many that aren’t here with us, that have fought both at home and abroad, to protect those freedoms that were signed 240 years ago,” Kennedy said.

Read the full article here.


Written by LaMonica Peters

Monday, July 4, 2016 at 01:49 PM EDT

50 New Citizens Celebrated at USS Little Rock

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – Standing on the USS Little Rock on a sunny Thursday morning, fifty Western New Yorkers pledged their allegiance to the American flag.

The naturalization ceremony was held in honor of Independence Day, as the U.S. marks the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

“I am so happy to be American. It’s my dream,” new citizen Muhammad Aluess said after the ceremony.

Read the full article here.


Written by Ashley Rowe

8:48 PM, Jun 30, 2016