The reason for this weekend's Holiday, Memorial Day, was observed Monday during the annual Observances held downtown and at Willow Grove Cemetery in Buffalo.
Observances began with the Parade Of Veterans to the Veterans Memorial Wall for a brief ceremony, then on the the bridge over Clear Creek at Main Street for the Navy Mother's Ceremony.
The parade then re-convened at Willow Grove Cemetery for the remainder of the ceremonies.
Reverend Peter Jacobsen gave the Invocation and Benediction.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Elizabeth H. Dalton, US Navy, Ret., followed by General Logan's Orders.
Robert McBride, Spec. 6, US Army, gave the Gettysburg Address and James I. Mader, Sgt., US Air Force, gave this year's address.
His address focused on the question all parents ask when confronted with the news their child had been killed in action: “Why did my son or daughter have to die in this war?”
Sgt. Mader gave his thoughts, saying each part of the day's service had an answer to that question.
The ceremonies wrapped with the reading of “Flanders Field,” singing of “The Star Spangled Banner,” the firing squad and playing of “Taps.”
This year's Marshall of the Day was John P. Gammon, Capt., US Marine Corps.
For pictures of the ceremonies, go to the front page at sheridanmedia.com