Veterans Day

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There were fewer seats, due to COVID-related guidelines, but the same spirit as the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park hosted its annual Veterans Day ceremony. Alternate memorials were held elsewhere in the park, including one led by peace activists seeking to "Reclaim Armistice Day."

In the United Kingdom, Veterans Day is celebrated with red paper poppies pinned to lapels in remembrance of those who served in World War I. The practice caught on after the bloody battlefields of France bloomed with red poppies following the war. Every year, British people wear these red flower pins for about a month leading up to Nov. 11, and buying one of these paper flowers funds veterans groups. The U.K. memorializes the end of World War I with purpose and style.

David Bellavia in a Washington Post Live online session
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In advance of Veterans Day, Medal of Honor winner David Bellavia spoke of his mission to spread the word about sacrifice, service and the love that he says is liberated in a veteran's life by serving in the Armed Forces.

“I found love on the battlefield and it blew me away. War is horrible. All the clichés--you know, you've all seen the movies or have experienced it yourself. That's obvious. But there's love," said Bellavia, the Western New York native who in June became the only living veteran of the Iraq War to receive the nation's highest military honor.

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Students at a Buffalo-area elementary school got a head start on Veterans Day celebrations, welcoming some local military and first response personnel to their school.

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The USS Little Rock LCS 9 Commissioning Committee announced the details of the arrival and commissioning of the USS Little Rock LCS-9 Friday morning at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park.

Congressman Brian Higgins

On this Veterans Day, those still living who served - and are currently serving - in the military are being honored across Western New York and the nation. To each person, either veteran or civilian, the ceremonies and the holiday take on their own meaning.

But for 94-year-old Indiana Hunt Martin of Niagara Falls, Veterans Day means blazing a trail where no African American woman had gone before in the sexist and segregated U.S. military of the 1940s. She served in the Women's Army Corps 6888th.

Veterans Day is getting special recognition at Genesee Community College. Over the next two days, a number of events will be staged as a part of the school’s annual events.

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Speaking Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery, President Obama said he is still not satisfied with the care veterans receive from the VA. One disabled Vietnam veteran who spoke locally Wednesday would agree.

Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York recently opened a new center in Batavia. One–Stop is a non-profit agency whose goal is to provide empowerment, support local veterans in meeting their life goals, and aid in their transition into civilian life. 

The Batavia location will serve veterans in Wyoming and Genesee counties. Combined with a center in Erie County, the program services veterans from all eight counties of Western New York.

Director of Engagement Alex Lauer said most veterans want the opportunity to apply their military skills to civilian life.

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Current and former members of the military, Junior ROTC cadets, and pro-veteran groups filled Delaware Avenue with the sounds of marching bands and cadence calls in this year's Veterans Day Parade in the City of Buffalo. While the annual parade honors all veterans for their military service, this year's parade highlighted one in particular.

UB holds Veterans Day ceremony

Nov 11, 2014
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Students and staff at the University at Buffalo marked Veterans Day with a flag-raising ceremony outside Alumni Arena.

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A local agency is seeing a rise in the need for food assistance by current and former military service members.

Photo courtesy of UB Law School

A third-year University at Buffalo Law School student is reflecting on his recent military service on this Veterans Day.  The decorated veteran of the war in Afghanistan is ready to take on the challenges of being a litigator.