Memorial Day Weekend at the Buffalo Naval Park
We honor those who have fallen.
They will not be forgotten.
Plan your visit to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park during Memorial Day weekend as we remember those who fought for our freedom.
The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park will be reopening to the public on May 28! Visit us Memorial Day weekend from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, with the last admission at 4:00 PM. USS Little Rock and USS Croaker will be open along with our museum building. USS The Sullivans will remain closed as work continues to preserve and maintain the ship. Purchase your tickets for a self-guided tour here.
The community is welcome to join us and the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps Sullivans Division for a lunchtime Memorial Day cookout at the pavilion in our Monuments Garden. In traditional picnic style, hot dogs will be available for purchase.
We are proud to be hosting a number of ceremonies and events throughout the weekend.
One Life – One Flag Installation
May 28 – 30
Throughout Memorial Day weekend, 7,300 flags will blanket the grounds of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park to represent the average number of United States Veterans who have lost their battle with PTSD per year, an average of 22 per day. From May 28-30, walk or drive by the Naval Park to see the installation.
For a $22 donation, you will receive one of the flags from our Memorial Day weekend salute along with a certificate. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Battle Within Foundation. The ongoing mission of The Battle Within Foundation is to connect Veterans with the care they need and to help with funding.
Click here to purchase a flag and certificate.
The following outdoor ceremonies and programs are open to the public:
Saturday, May 28
Tolling the Boats Ceremony
United States Submarine Veterans Buffalo Base
Near the USS Croaker
Monday, May 30
Musical performance by the Buffalo Brass Quintet
Military Honors and Non-Denominational Memorial Service
Presented in partnership with The Battle Within Foundation
Cedarland Parking Lot directly across from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Memorial Day Cookout with the Sea Cadets
Monuments Garden Pavilion
$7 for a Hot Dog, Chips, and Beverage
Proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Naval Park and Sea Cadets
Knights of Columbus Maximilian Kolbe Assembly #1944 Ceremony and Formation
Hispanic Veterans Ceremony at the Hispanic-American Veterans Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial
Slow Roll Buffalo Memorial Day Ride
Click here to learn more