memorial day

Even in a typical year, Memorial Day in the U.S. can be a confusing mixture of joy and sadness — at once a hearty welcome to summertime, brimming with picnics and parties, and a somber remembrance of the service members who died in wars.

But this has been no typical year.

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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is continuing her push to have Western New York residents follow the rules and keep COVID-19 at bay.

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Memorial Day weekend begins with it beaches opening up and other tentative steps to restart the economy. In his daily coronavirus briefing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the reopenings can be done safely if people follow the rules.

New York State

The unofficial start of summer kicks off this year under pandemic rules applying to the streets, parks and beaches.

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This holiday weekend, ceremonies will be held throughout Western New York, from parades to the more solemn remembrances of those who died while in military service for the United States. While there's no shortage of events, there is a growing challenge to staff one of the most important elements of Memorial Day gatherings: the color guard.


Pack the picnic basket and gas up the SUV. The holiday is upon us. The AAA of Western and Central New York projects nearly 43 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Memorial Day weekend, with a record-breaking number taking road trips.

Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park

If you see a huge crane at Canalside Tuesday morning, it is to install a different type of monument at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park. "The Battle Within Monument" is an 8,000-pound steel remembrance to the 20+ veterans who die each day due to PTSD and to those available to provide help.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that several dropoffs will be made available for the disposal of old, tattered and faded U.S. flags that will be retired later this month as part of a ceremonial watchfire hosted at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse during Memorial Day Weekend.

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Police in New York State are cracking down on drunk driving throughout Memorial Day weekend.

Couples from all over the United States whose lives have been affected by the military are in Java Center this holiday weekend for a retreat sponsored by Project Sanctuary.

Keeping the Memorial Day holiday safe

May 22, 2017
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As Memorial Day weekend approaches and the unofficial start to summer begins, more motorists are taking to the roadways - and local law enforcement are urging everyone to buckle up.

Memorial Day ceremonies are taking place throughout Western New York today.  The event in the town of Poland, New York, features a keynote address from Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan, who retired as an Air Force Colonel.

Sager's loved ones praying for a miracle

May 23, 2014
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Family, friends, and members of various branches of the armed forces gathered at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park Friday morning to pray for Tech. Sgt. William Sager, Jr.’s recovery.

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Memorial Day weekend is approaching and with it the unofficial start of the boating season. Local law enforcement officials are encouraging boaters to be safe on the water

VFW adheres to the needs of female veterans

May 27, 2013
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It’s a Veteran of Foreign Wars post that specifically caters to the needs of female veterans. The Dorothy Kubik-Katherine Galloway V.F.W post 12097 will celebrate its third year of existence this summer.

Boaters asked to be safe and attentive

May 24, 2013
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It is expected to be a busy Memorial Day weekend on local waterways and boaters are being reminded that the Erie County Sheriff's Department Marine Division will be out in force.

Western New York marks Memorial Day

May 28, 2012

Memorial Day parades and ceremonies are taking place in dozens of Western New York communities today.

The 914th Airlift Wing will take part in Memorial Day ceremonies in Batavia.

A flyover of one of the Wing's C-130s is scheduled to coincide with the city's parade around 10am. Congresswoman Kathy Hochul will be among the dignitaries on hand.

State Senator Tim Kennedy will take part in a ceremony honoring Cheektowaga Army veteran Walter Casheba at the Town Park at 1pm.