Memorial Day Service

One Life - One Flag - One Voice

Memorial Day 2019 marked a very important historic milestone. Together with hundreds of friends and family, we unveiled “The Battle Within,” a simple monument to help to capture the public's attention, underscore the veteran communities' commitment to easing the suffering, and honor our heroes for their service, regardless of where they died.


This Memorial Day, May 31, 2021, The Battle Within Foundation and the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park will be hosting a non-denominational memorial service. We will be assembling at 10:00 AM alongside the Viet Nam Memorial. Under the theme “One Life-One Flag-One Voice. 


There will also be:

• A non-denominational Memorial Service: Pastor Paul Emory, Chaplain for the Campus Ministry

• Keynote Speaker: Paul Rudnicki- Chairman of VALOR Veteran's Foodbank

• A narrated 13-fold flag ceremony

• Patriotic music by The Buffalo/Niagara Concert Band

• The National Anthem by opera soprano Andrea Todaro

• A gun salute from an American Legion post

• Military honors will be presented by the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, Ismalia Shrine Color Guard, and the American Legion

• Scheduled wreath-laying ceremonies at each monument along the Heroes' Walk

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, and The Battle Within. In anticipation of the new African American Veterans Memorial, a wreath will be symbolically placed in its proposed location.

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.