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Support area veterans at Honor Flight welcome reception May 3

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Veterans participating in this spring’s Buffalo-Niagara Honor Flight will be making a stop in Springville on Friday, May 3.

Concord American Legion Post 431 is inviting the public to express gratitude and support these veterans on their special weekend.

The entire community is invited to welcome the Honor Flight participants, who will be on their way from Bradford, Pa., to Buffalo for the night before taking part in a round-trip flight to Washington, D.C., the following day.

The welcome event in Springville will be held at 3 p.m. May 3 with the veterans scheduled to arrive between 3:15 and 3:45 p.m.

“We’d love to get as many people from the community as possible to join in this event,” said Tom Place, commander of Concord American Legion Post 431. “It’s a great way for Springville to show their support and gratitude for our veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made.”

Attendees can bring their own American flags to wave to greet the veterans; the Legion will also have some available.

Distinguished guests are expected to include Springville Mayor William Krebs, the Boy Scouts and the honor guard representing the American Legion, VFW Post 5260 and Amvets of Boston.

Following the event, the veterans are expected to be escorted by the New York State Troopers to Buffalo, where they’ll spend the night before joining other area veterans the following day for a round-trip flight to Washington, D.C.

They’ll spend Saturday, May 4 touring significant war memorials and other parts of our nation’s capital.

This is the eighth mission for the Buffalo-Niagara Honor Flight, which serves the seven counties of Western New York along with Potter, McKean and Warren counties in Pennsylvania and Southern Ontario, Canada.

The Concord American Legion is located at 109 Zoar Valley Road in Springville, just past the Springville Walmart.

For more information about this event, call American Legion Commander Tom Place at 957-2740.

More information on the Honor Flight can be found at buffaloniagarahonorflight.org.

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