It's been two hundred years since the bloody battles of the War of 1812, and an intimate group gathered in Delaware Park yesterday to celebrate the friendship between the US and Canada that has existed since that conflict.
Great Britain and a number of Native American tribes took part in the war as well. During the war, the Village of Buffalo was burned and, to this day, 300 American soldiers remain buried under the meadow in Delaware Park.
The celebration included a performance by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, an Air Force flyover and Native American dances.
It may have taken 200 years, but dozens of war veterans who died in Buffalo will receive a more appropriate memorial on Monday.
A commemorative stone will be unveiled at the Gate Eight of the Buffalo Zoo directing attention to the virtually unmarked grave in the heart of the Delaware Park golf course where 300 people are buried.
America honors its heroes, but little respect has been given to these War of 1812 veterans, whose story has been largely untold.
Patrick Kavanagh, Forest Lawn historian, was eager to tell it on a recent sit down inside the cemetery chapel.