The Dunkirk community gathered together on Saturday to celebrate the life and service of a hometown soldier.
Fredonia native Sgt. Jonathan "Nate" Gollnitz lost his life last month due to a suicide bomb attack while serving in Afghanistan. The 28-year-old Gollnitz was committed to serving his country, serving five years in the Navy and then doing tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army soldier.
Hundreds of family, friends and fellow service members joined the ceremony.
Fredonia's downtown district was packed with fans as hometown Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr returned to the village.
After a record-setting performance in London, Suhr later beat her personal record with a vault that was three inches higher, extending her world lead in the sport. Suhr will be making performance stops throughout the region including one in Rochester next week and a visit to Ralph Wilson Stadium in two weeks.
Suhr's husband, Rick, credits the support of family and the region's fans for much of her success.