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Special  Events

VA Evening Recreation Program for May

Veterans One-Stop Center Events for May

November 2017 to January 2020

Buffalo Never Fails: The Queen City and World War I

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I (WWI) in 1917, Buffalo Never Fails: The Queen City and World War I looks back to a critical time in our nation’s history, emphasizing Buffalo’s role in the war and the related consequences. This exhibition honors stories of individual heroism and describes sacrifices both on the battlefields and here at home.

Central to the exhibition is the Buffalo & Erie County Library’s extraordinary collection of World War I posters, donated in 1919 by prominent Buffalonian Edward Michael. The collection includes posters from the United States, Canada and Europe, representing some of the finest examples of graphically designed war propaganda. In a time before television and social media, these motivational artworks were effective in encouraging military enlistment and appealing directly to citizens to back the war effort, buy bonds, conserve food and support the Red Cross. Evocative items from the Library’s Rare Books & Special Collections, as well as artifacts on loan from other institutions and collectors, help illustrate the “War to End All Wars.”

The exhibition is located in the second floor Collections Gallery and is free and open to the public during all Central Library operating hours until January 2020. Also in the Gallery space is an all-ages “On the Home Front” interactive area with games, videos and programs. 


Sunday, May 5 through Saturday, May 18, 2019

Western New York Armed Forces Week Celebration

Go to http://www.wnyafw.com/ for schedule and ticket information.

Also https://militarybenefits.info/armed-forces-week/ has some information on the history of Armed Forces Week.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019

EPA Lead Safety for Renovations, Repairs, & Painting Course

Monday, May 20, 2019

Male Veterans Dinner

Tuesday, May 21 through Sunday, May 26, 2019

80th Kitchenaid Senior PGA Championship, Oakhill Country Club, Rochester, NY

To honor the men and women who serve our country in the Armed Forces, the Championship is pleased to offer Active Duty, Retirees, Veterans, Reserve, National Guard and their accompanying guest (limit one) complimentary daily grounds access to the Championship. Upon arrival, Military personnel must go to the Admissions Sales and Will Call Office at the Main Spectator Entrance to present their Military ID or service verification in exchange for daily admission. Please note, these tickets cannot be upgraded to alternative venues, but are eligible for the junior admission policy.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

On May 23, 2019 at 6:00 PM, South Park High School, located at 150 Southside Pkwy., Buffalo NY, will sponsor a program to honor 123 former students with the NYS Conspicuous Service Medal. Medals will be awarded to the former service member if he/she is available or to a member of their family.
In addition, a plaque will be dedicated to honor former South Park students KIA in Vietnam and one student who is MIA.
Michael McGuire, Philip Sosnowski, Agostino Dasaro, William Donohue, Walter Tyrcz, Timothy Nightengale, Joseph Steiner III, James Thomas, James Cummings, Larry Miles, Stephen Boryszewski, James Lee, James Carloni, Joseph Young.
Donald Knutsen
All are welcome to attend the program. Also, the school is looking for any relatives of the KIA's and the MIA.
The plaque was paid for by David McKeever Post 64 and South Buffalo Post 721. The names of the veterans receiving the Conspicuous Service Medals were found and researched by Matt Parsons, a SAL member who also found the names of the 7 KIA's.

Friday, May24, 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day

Wreath Laying Ceremonies will be conducted at the following locations in the Town of Tonawanda, beginning at 8:00am:

  • ​Failing Cemetery on Delaware Road and Willowbreeze Road
  • Veteran’s Memorial at Colvin and Brighton
  • Vietnam Memorial in Elmlawn Cemetery off Brighton Road
  • VFW Monument in Elmlawn Cemetery
  • Field of Honor in Elmlawn Cemetery
  • Veterans Monument in Mount Olivet Cemetery (Elmwood Entrance)
  • Kenmore-Tonawanda Municipal Building
  • M.J. Brounshidle Post

Followed by the Parade at 11:00am

Monday, May 27, 2019

Operation Care Package

Thursday, May 30, 2019

George F. Lamm Post 622, 962 Wehrle Dr. Williamsville, is having a Chiavetta’s Chicken BBQ from 4:30 – 7:30 PM $10 per person.

Friday, May 31, 2019, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

DD-214 Coffee Club Breakfast

On the last Friday of each month, veterans come together to enjoy coffee and breakfast along with laughter and friendships! Be sure to sign up on WNY Heroes' webpage or call their office and let them know you’ll be in attendance for a headcount! 716-630-5020. Milios Restaraunt, 5877 Main St., Williamsville

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Military Family Salute and Reconnection Brunch

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Come Fly a Kite

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Monthly Free Veteran's Lunch

On the second Thursday of every month, between 12pm and 2pm Caputi's Sheridan Pub, 2351 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda NY 14150, offers a free full buffet for any veteran of the United States Armed Forces. Any non-veteran accompanying, can purchase a buffet plate for only $6.99.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Deadline for entry is May 31, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Veterans Stand Down

Reminiscent of safe-havens for soldiers in the Vietnam War, the largest veterans event in the Western New York area, Veterans “Stand Down” will be held on Thursday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at KeyBank Center in Buffalo.  The Stand Down will link and provide veterans with a wealth of resources in one convenient location. 

This event will connect homeless and veterans at risk of being homeless with information and services to include immediate housing, legal advice and services. All veterans can obtain information about VA health care and other Veterans benefits information, education, free haircuts, social and family services and more. Employers will also be on site ready to interview and hire. Veterans should bring a copy of DD-214 discharge papers or military ID and a resume if interested in employment.  New this year, an entire area for women veterans, free preventive pet care, Food Bank of WNY mobile food truck and NFTA job bus. 

“Each year we offer more resources to veterans who attend Stand Down,” said Kristen Weese, LCSW, VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program  Manager. “Bringing providers from the community and Veterans Affairs together in one  place for the Stand Down is a great opportunity for Veterans to learn about benefits and resources.”   

Free lunch and giveaways are offered to veterans who attend. VA Western New York Healthcare System and community partners sponsoring this event include, The Veterans One-stop Center (VOC) of Western New York, United Healthcare, KeyBank Center, Buffalo Sabres, Pegula Sports and Entertainment, La Nova, Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition, and Resurrection Life. For more information please contact (716) 716-862-8885 or email vhabufstanddown@va.gov.                                                                     

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 through Saturday, June 29, 2019

Kenmore Days

See the following link for schedule and additional information - Kenmore Days

The Brounshidle Post will have a tent exhibit on Friday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Friday, June 28, 2019

Veterans Fishing Day

Thursday, July 4, 2019 through Sunday, July 7, 2019

Tall Ships are Coming

See https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-tall-ships-are-coming-basil-port-of-call-buffalo-tickets-52949437192 for more information

Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 20, 2019

Department of New York Convention

The American Legion is celebrating its 100th year and the Queen City will be a major part of the centennial party. 
Officials with The American Legion announced that their annual convention will be held in Downtown Buffalo this July.
The week-long event is expected to bring more than $2,000,000 to the region. 
Officials said the recent changes to the city helped bring the event back to Buffalo. 
The American Legion was founded in 1919 during the after-math of World War 1. 

Friday, July 26. 2019

5K Race & Fun Walk

See http://www.kenilworthfire.com/custom.html?id=24713 for more information

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Milton J. Brounshidle Post's 100th Birthday

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Veterans Day at the Erie County Fair

Free admission to the Fair for all Veterans, Active Military and Auxiliary Members with proper ID.

Schedule of Events:
10:00am Catholic Mass - Family Entertainment Complex
11:30am Veterans Recognition Ceremony - Veterans Park (Infield)
1:00pm Veterans Parade - Track, lineup begins at 12:30pm

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Armed Forces Day at the New York State Fair

We celebrate the men and women of the military with free admission to any active duty or veteran with military identification (Military ID Card, form DD-214 or NYS Driver License, Learner Permit or non-driver ID card with a veteran designation). Make sure to attend the Armed Forces Day ceremonies at 11:00 am at the Veterans Memorial. Join the State Fair community as we honor and give tribute to all members of our Armed Forces. Make sure to see all the Armed Forces participants in our Special Day Parade at 6:00 pm.