Veterans and their sacrifices made for this country were celebrated in Buffalo Thursday morning.
A color guard parade began the ceremonies at 11 am, followed by the Invocation and Pledge Of Allegiance led by Nels Lofgren, a former Sgt. in the US Air Force.
The flag ceremony was next, presented by students from Clear Creek Middle School, followed by The Clear Creek Middle School Choir performing the theme songs from the four major branches of the US Military.
Local teacher Ron Chapin was asked to give the address this year, and he told the crowd he had no idea why someone with no military background would be asked to perform such an honor.
In his speech, Chapin said, “I represent the average American who loves life and the freedom to make my own decisions. I represent the common person who has a wonderful family, a great job, and lives in safety within the United States' borders. I have had to make no sacrifices to protect our great Nation because millions of men and women before me and presently, have made the choice to serve to protect our great country.”
The ceremonies finished with the Benediction and “Taps.”