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This Memorial Day,
WNY will be Honoring Our Heroes
In One Clear Voice

This Memorial Day, May 29, 2023, The Battle Within Foundation and the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park will host a non-denominational memorial service. We will be assembling at 10:00 AM alongside the Vietnam Memorial.

Music provided by The Buffalo Brass Quintet:


Welcoming Remarks:
Masters of Ceremony -William Chapin and Daniel DiNatale
Co-Founders -The Battle Within Foundation

Paul Marzello/Terry McGuire
Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park

Pastor Paul Emery
Chaplain-Medaille College Campus Ministry

Presentation of Colors:
U.S. Naval Sea Cadets/ Legion of Honor Color Guard

National Anthem:
Opera soprano Andrea Todaro

Pledge to the flag
Boy Scout Troop 350- Medford, Minnesota

Memorial Service:
Pastor Paul Emery
Chaplain-Medaille College Campus Ministry

Keynote Address:
2-Star Admiral Len Kaine (Retired) “Top Gun” and Philanthropist

Recognition of Service:
The Buffalo Brass Quintet

Narrated 13-Fold Flag Ceremony:
USAF 914th Air Refueling Wing (ARW)

Wreath layings at each Memorial/Taps


Retire Colors

Additional Music By The Buffalo Brass Quintet

The historic war memorials at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park's Monuments Garden provide the quintessential place to honor all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Located on a green oasis along the waterfront, the Monuments Garden is home to many monuments, including the Iraq-Afghanistan Monument, Vietnam Memorial, Purple Heart Memorial, Hispanic and Latino Memorial, and The Battle Within PTSD Monument. This space serves as a peaceful place for remembrance and reflection.


A wreath will be laid at each of the memorials, including Vietnam,  Iraq-Afghanistan, Purple Heart, Korean, Hispanic, and Latino, The Battle Within, and the new African American Veterans Memorial.

The Memorial Garden's entire Heroes’ Walk will be blanketed with 7300 small American flags to represent each of those we have lost to PTSD since last Memorial Day.  


This will be an opportunity for all of WNY with one clear voice to proclaim that we remember and honor our heroes who gave the last full measure of themselves to secure our liberty.

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