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Veterans Day is a day we come together as a nation to remember all who served our great country. Every year we honor our service members on the 11th day of November, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. In 1954 Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in remembrance of the sacrifice made from all veterans from all wars.
This year, for 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs is broadening the observance of Veterans Day to include both Veterans and Military Families for the entire month of November.
While you’re out this Saturday at your local Veteran Day remembrance ceremony, plan for some extra time to walk around and view some of the many historical markers honoring our veterans. Once you start to pay attention and really look around, you will see historical markers everywhere. This is a truth I learned after marrying a historical re-enactor and becoming one with the hobby, really, a lifestyle.
The information below is compiled from the Historical Marker Database located online at www.hmdb.org.
- The Viet Nam War marke is located at the intersection of Boston State Road (Route 227) and Boston Cross Road (Route 190). The inscription reads, “A war that produced no famous victories, no national heroes, and no stirring patriotic songs. America vainly attempted to support a weak government in its civil fight against Communism. We remember Boston’s military men who fought bravely.”
- The World War I marker is located at intersection of Boston State Road (Route 227) and Boston Cross Road (Route 190) and was erected in 1939 by the Boston Veterans’ Club. The marker lists the names of the veterans who returned to town after the war and those who settled in Boston shortly after.
- The World War II marker is located at intersection of Boston State Road (County Route 227) and Boston Cross Road (Route 190). “Dedicated to the Honor and sacrifice of our men and women who served our country in World War II. Let none forget they gave their all when came the call.”
- The Colden Veterans Memorial is located near 8812 NY-240 and was dedicated by the Town of Colden “in honor of our men and women who served our country in search of world peace and human dignity and in memory of those in all wars who gave their lives for freedom. The Town of Colden honors our Men & Women Living and Deceased, who served our country. Thank You for your dedication to defending our freedoms.”
- The Erie County Iraq & Afghanistan Memorial is located in Sprague Brook Park on Foote Road (County Road 563). The inscription reads “As we honor the memory of these Erie County residents killed in action, let us pledge that their lives, sacrifices and valor shall always be remembered.”
- The Erie County Vietnam Memorial is located in Sprague Brook Park on Foote Road (County Road 563). The inscription reads “We remember forever with the names etched here the citizens of Erie County who, in service to the United States of America, were killed in Vietnam or designated as missing in action (MIA) 1959 to 1975.”
- The Operation Enduring Freedom marker honoring those who served in the Afghanistan war is located in Shuttleworth Park in Springville. The inscription reads, “Brian Baker. Dedicated to those who have proudly served and to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
- The Our Honored Dead Memorial is located at the center of Fiddlers Green Park in Springville and was erected by
David S. Ingalls in memory of the defenders of our country 1861-1865. The inscription reads “By valor and sacrifice, through unmeasured suffering and death, they preserved the honor and integrity of the nation and maintained the principle of free government in America. Not for themselves but for their country.”
- The Korean War marker, dedicated in 1987 is located in Shuttleworth Park in Springville in memory of Edward F. Mathewson, Joseph Benson and James Wolf.
- The Veterans Memorial Grove was erected by Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program and is located in Sprague Brook Park on Foote Road (County Road 563). The inscription reads, “We loved them once. We love them now. Dedicated to: Who they were, what they sacrificed and how much they loved each other.”
- The Vietnam marker is located in Shuttleworth Park in Springville and is dedicated to the memory of Barry A. Bidwell, John Ellis, Bruce A. Crosby, Jr and Dennis R. Heinz, who gave their lives in defense of freedom in the Vietnam War,
- The World War II marker is located in Shuttleworth Park in Springville. The inscription reads “Ever protect the freedoms for which they fought.”
- The World War I and World War II marker is located at the intersection of Jefferson Street and West Washington Street on Jefferson Street. It was erected by the Ellicottville Memorial American Legion Post No. 65. in 1950 in memory of those from Ellicottville who served in World War I and World War II. On the back of the monument there’s a bronze plaque honoring veterans of all the 20th century wars.
- The Franklinville Veterans marker is located at the intersection of Park Square and Chestnut Street and was erected in memory of those who died in the service of their country in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. The plaque was donated by the Ischua Valley Exchange Club in 2006.
- The Great Valley Veterans Memorial is located at the intersection of Humphrey Road (Route 18) and Salamanca Sugartown Road (Route 98), It is dedicated “in honor and memory of the men and women of this township who answered the call of their country.”
- The North Collins Veterans Memorial is located on Gowanda State Road (Route 62) 0.1 miles south of Spruce Street, It was erected in 2004 by the Town and Village of North Collins “in Grateful Appreciation to all the men and women of the village and town of North Collins who served in the armed forces for the preservation of freedom and democracy.”
- The West Falls Veterans Memorial, erected in 2006 is located at the intersection of Davis Road (Route 240) and Bridge Street. The inscription reads, “Dedicated to Those who served in the armed forces of the United States of America. Because of them we live in freedom. God bless them all.”
- The West Falls WWII Memorial is located at the intersection of Davis Road (Route 240) and Bridge Street. The inscription reads “Honor Roll. By duty done is honor won. A tribute to our sons who participated in the Second World War for humanity.”