Tonawanda News — Local communities and businesses are gearing up to recognize veterans Monday at a series of ceremonies set for the holiday.
The City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda are hosting a number of events for veterans of both communities. On Sunday, St. Francis is hosting a special Mass at 11 a.m. for veterans and their families.
On Monday, the North Tonawanda Mayor’s Office and the Youth, Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Veterans Day breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the NT Senior Center, located at 110 Goundry Street.
Mayor Rob Ortt will be at the event and will deliver a prayer for the veterans. The Sikora Post will also be on hand for a flag ceremony, and a war veteran will attend to speak. Doves will be released at the end of the ceremony.
Another event for Tonawanda veterans is taking place at the Renaissance Bridge at 11 a.m. A guest speaker will be on hand, a rifle salute will be offered and a wreath will be cast into the water, organizers said.
The Tonawanda Free Methodist Church is hosting a spaghetti dinner from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday and all veterans will eat for free. The church is located at 207 Grove Street.
The Town of Tonawanda is also sponsoring an event along with The Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, the American Legion and the Harry E. Crosby VFW Post 2472.
A ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at the Village Green in front of the Municipal Building, located at 2919 Delaware Ave.
Town Supervisor Anthony Caruana will lead the ceremony, and the guest speaker will be Retired Navy Capt. William Loockerman. The program will consist of an opening service, the placement of a wreath, ceremonial firing of taps and Loockerman’s speech, the town said in a statement.
Attendees are invited to stop by the Brounshidle Post, located at 3354 Delaware Ave., for refreshments after the ceremony.
The Tonawanda Castle in the city is also taking part in the celebrations with a Veterans Day Celebration and Fundraiser from 5 p.m until 7 p.m. tonight. The tickets are $35 at the door, and the event will feature the Alex Rene Big Swing Band.
Revenue from the event will benefit the Vets HERD Foundation, which works to assist returning veterans in the Western New York area.