Painting the U.S.S. Little Rock

TITLE: Painting the U.S.S. Little Rock
SOURCE: WGRZ
DATE: Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
See the original article at WGRZ.com

BUFFALO, NY – This time of year, outdoor improvement projects are in full swing. And one of the biggest painting jobs in Western New York has commenced on the city’s waterfront.

Ironically, it is being done with one of the smallest crews.

When the U.S.S. Little Rock, a retired warship docked at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, was on active duty, upwards of 1,200 sailors could be drafted to perform such a task.

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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.