The National Commander of the American Legion is in Buffalo for one of his many regional visits. While in town, Bill Oxford was shown a tour of the ongoing World War One exhibit inside the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library's downtown central branch. He also sat one-on-one with WBFO.
Veterans and their advocates were celebrating the completion of updated, handicap-accessible restrooms at an American Legion post in Sloan Friday morning. But they looked back on a recent tragic fall at another local post. In light of that incident, Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns and the American Institute of Architects are announcing that an urgent assessment of handicap accessibility at other veteran posts is underway.
Seventy-seven years ago on this date, Japan carried out a surprise attack on US naval forces at Pearl Harbor, in the Hawaiian Islands. Numerous memorial ceremonies were held throughout Western New York Friday, including one in West Seneca.
As the nation marks its annual observance of Flag Day, the Erie County Clerk's Office and the county's auto bureaus are launching the sale of flag-themed cards that will raise much-needed funds for local veteran posts and halls.
Veterans organizations, including the VA Western New York Healthcare System, are honoring Vietnam-era veterans as they observe the 50th anniversary of the first formal U.S. ground combat operations of that lengthy war.
As the American Legion Department of New York annual convention continued in downtown Buffalo on Friday, delegates listened to New York's second-in-command, who reached out especially to Vietnam-era veterans.
In the months between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, "Operation Evaluation" will take place in Erie County. State Assemblyman Michael Kearns says it's a survey that will help determine what upgrades outdated VFW and American Legion posts need to better serve veterans.