VA Evening Recreation Program
All events are cancelled
Veterans One-Stop Center Events
All events cancelled
Thursday, January 14, 2021 (suspended)
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, January 29, 2021, 8:30 am - 10:30 am (temporarily suspended)
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! Call the WNY Heroes' office (716-630-5020) to RSVP. Location is subject to change. See the WNY Heroes' webpage for more information.
Monday, May 31, 2021
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
Saturday, June 19, 2021 and Sunday, June 20, 2021
Thursday, July 22,2021 through Sunday, July 25, 2021
The Wall That Heals
The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to The City of Tonawanda from July 22-25 2021, and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public. The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the 58,279 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
“Being able to host TWTH in our beautiful City in support of my brothers and sisters that served in Vietnam is wonderful. Not everyone has a chance to visit the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. and pay their respects. This gives them that opportunity”, Mayor Rick Davis stated.
Joe Pasek with the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 77 said, “The traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is appropriately named The Wall That Heals as it mends the pain from losing friends in combat who were like brothers. Western New York has its share of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice with 500 names carved on the Wall.”
“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is pleased to bring The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit to The City of Tonawanda to allow local veterans and their family members a chance to experience The Wall. We will work carefully with the host to provide a safe opportunity for the community to experience the healing and educational aspects of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF. “Hosting The Wall That Heals provides an opportunity to honor and remember all those who served and sacrificed in the Vietnam War and educate visitors on the continuing impact of the Vietnam War on America. ”In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers will be required to wear masks. Visitors will be encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing to safeguard the staff, volunteers, and other visitors.
“Nothing is more important to VVMF than the health and well-being of our Vietnam veterans and their families. We will work closely with the host to make certain that all health and safety protocols are met in order to provide the best visitor experience while keeping the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors at top of mind,” said Knotts.
The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community in a 53-foot trailer. When parked, the trailer opens with exhibits built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile Education Center telling the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall, and the divisive era in American history.
The three-quarter scale Wall replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. Visitors will experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in D.C. Visitors are able to do name rubbings of individual service member’s names on The Wall.
The mobile Education Center exhibit includes: digital photo displays of “Hometown Heroes” - service members whose names are on The Wall that list their home of record within the area of a visit; digital photo displays of Vietnam veterans from the local area honored through VVMF’s In Memory program which honors veterans who returned home from Vietnam and later died as a result of their service; video displays that teach about the history and impact of The Wall; educational exhibits told through items representative of those left at The Wall in D.C.; a replica of the In Memory plaque; a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the Vietnam War. The exhibits tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context.
The 2021 national The Wall That Heals tour is generously sponsored by USAA. Through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), the trucking industry, and Blue Beacon, the exhibit is able to travel across the country.
Since its debut in 1996, the exhibit has been on display in nearly 700 U.S. communities in addition to an April 1999 tour of the Four Provinces of Ireland and a visit to Canada in 2005. The Wall That Heals is a program of VVMF, the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1982. The Wall That Heals is the only traveling exhibit affiliated with The Wall in Washington, D.C. and includes the largest Wall replica that travels the country. Two VVMF staff members lead volunteers on site, educate visitors and students, and ensure the reflective atmosphere of The Wall. More information can be found at: www.thewallthatheals.org.
Wednesday, June 25, 2020 through Saturday, June 27, 2020 (cancelled)
See the following link for schedule and additional information - Kenmore Days
The Brounshidle Post will have a tent exhibit on Friday and Saturday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Sunday, August 16, 2020 (cancelled)
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 27, 2020 (cancelled)
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.