Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the American Veteran Monuments at Niagara Falls

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By: Ken Hamilton

The Niagara Falls Veterans Memorial Commission will again sponsor its Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the American Veteran Monuments at Niagara Falls on Pine Avenue (US-62-B) and Hyde Park Boulevard (NY-61) on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at about 12:00 noon after the completion of the City’s Citizen Memorial Day Parade. Ken Tompkins and volunteers have done a fantastic job in assembling a parade that consists of more than 100 units, and it will start from the City Market at Pine and 19th Street at 10:00 a.m.

This years theme is honoring those from Niagara Falls’s and the area’s Korean War Killed-in-Action Veterans. Words will be celebrated to celebrate the return of the remains of Sgt. Meredith F. Keirn, the last of the city’s MIA from that war. His brother, Jan Reeves of North Tonawanda, and family members will be in attendance.

The Master of Ceremonies for this year’s event will be WKBW-7 news reporter Jeff Rusack, who did the story on the return of Keirn’s return. 

The Keynote speaker is the president of the Korean Students Association at the New York State University at Buffalo, Inha Jung, whom, on behalf of her fellow countrymen thank the American veterans for the sacrifices that they made to keep their country safe and free.

While the city will be providing much seating, it is recommended that you bring your own seating to this event. Some seating will be reserved for Keirn family members, area-Korean War veterans and senior citizens

The Republic of Korea flag will be flown during the ceremonies along with the American flag and all service flags in commemoration of the service that the brave men and women who fought and served along with Korean troops in that often forgotten war. Both anthems will be played.

Refreshments will be provided by the Niagara Falls Sikh Community.


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