A MESSAGE FROM THE CLARENCE ROTARY FOUNDATION:
It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of the 4th of July Fireworks in Clarence.
Please know that at the time, we were extremely confident this event could happen. We had assumed that the combination of “Phase Four”, strong social distancing guidelines, as well as no serving of food and beverages would have been ok.
Our intentions were to offer a safe environment for families to still celebrate our great country’s birthday. We proudly honored our fallen on Memorial Day – we wanted to do it again.
We hope you will look forward to the building of our Clarence Veterans Memorial. The dedication ceremony will be on Memorial Day 2021, but the construction will be starting soon.
We have reopened registration for our Veterans and will be accepting new registrations until September 1st. Thank you.
About the Clarence Veteran’s Memorial
The Town of Clarence Veteran’s Memorial is dedicated to the millions of United States Military Veterans who have served and continue to serve our country.
This memorial is overseen and provided by the Clarence Rotary Foundation, in conjunction with the support and project management from the Town of Clarence.
The site will be located at the Clarence Main Street Town Park (10405 Main Street, Clarence NY 14031), in front of the historic Clarence Town Clubhouse. The original memorial design includes five panels to represent each branch of the military. The modest height of the panels serves to blend into the historic nature of the surrounding landscape. Enduring materials were chosen for the memorial; granite forever stone ensures for the preservation of this tribute.
Honor Wall Veterans will have the following information for their listing:
It is highly encouraged to share further information, including the Veteran’s bio and photo to be added to this website, and for archive purposes. This information can be submitted with the Veteran Registration. If you have already registered a Veteran, but would still like to send a photo and bio, please email us at [email protected] or visit our contact page for on-line submission.
The pursuit for creating the Clarence Veteran’s Memorial started soon after the recent loss of Captain Andrew D. Byers, a longtime Clarence resident, honor-student and star athlete. After graduating from the United States Military Academy in 2008, and serving over eight years with several overseas trips with the United States Armed Forces, Captain Byers was killed in action in Afghanistan, while performing rescue efforts to save his platoon from enemy fire in November 2016.
After his funeral services, Andrew’s twin sister, Lauren, commented how there was no place to go to honor and remember the names of the soldiers of Clarence, New York.
With that being said, the Clarence Rotary Foundation took action and create a permanent gathering place where tribute can be paid to Clarence residents, relatives, friends, and fellow Americans who served.
Dedication of this memorial is planned for May 31, 2021 – Memorial Day
This project is lead by:
Special thanks to:
John Roffo Oishei II Charitable Trust
Clarence Citizens for Veterans
Stone Art Memorial Company
American Legion Post 838
Amigone Funeral Home
Clarence Veterans Memorial Committee Members
Patrick Casilio – Clarence Town Supervisor
Peter DiCostanzo – Clarence Deputy Supervisor
Chrissy Casilio-Bluhm – Project Chairman, Casilio Communications
Paul Justinger – Nickel City Insurance
George Emerling – Emerling Insurance Agency
Anne Gaume – Key Bank
Martin Helowicz – Clarence Citizens for Veterans
Joe Helowicz – Clarence Citizens for Veterans
Courtney Creenan – Project Architect, Buffalo Architecture Foundation