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Honor a Veteran – Buy a Brick - Veterans Bricks are now on Sale
Honoring all Veterans who have served in war and peace
Permanently engrave a tribute for your loved one on a Veterans Memorial Brick. While other communities are charging $200.00 for a brick, you can have your brick permanently displayed in the West Seneca Veterans Memorial Park “Walkway of Freedom” Complex, for only $100.
Each 4 inch x 8 inch brick is engraved with 2 lines of up to 18 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation. The logo of the branch of service will also be engraved.
Deadline for Brick Orders is February 15, 2024. Order yours today.
Restored Spanish-American War Gatling Gun Back in West Seneca
The Town of West Seneca is in possession of a Model 1895 10-barreled .30-40caliber Krag Gatling Gun. Only 94 of these Model 1895 Gatling Guns made by Colt Firearms were purchased by the US Army.
This unique forerunner to the present-day machine gun, was under the command of Lt. John Parker and the 5th Army Corps, Mobile Gun Detachment, on San Juan Hill in Cuba in 1898 during the Spanish American War. Lt. Parker had four guns on San Juan Hill, but only three were in operating condition, so we do not know if this particular gun was fired in combat.
Gatling Gun is shipped off to Pennsylvania in October 2021
The Gatling Gun was obtained by former Town Supervisor Henry Lein in 1921 and donated to the Town of West Seneca. The gun was displayed at Union Road and Clinton Street for many years, but was not maintained and became badly corroded. The gun underwent an extensive renovation in the early 2000’s and was fully restored in 2003 by a group of our residents who wanted to preserve this historical weapon. After a brief period of display, the restored Gatling Gun was placed into storage.
Gatling Gun returned to West Seneca after restoration
In 2012, the Gatling Gun was placed on display as part of the Walkway of Freedom complex. Though well-intentioned, the gun was never protected from the elements. A shelter was proposed to protect the Gun, but never materialized.
The Gatling Gun was removed from its pad in 2016, to make room for the building of the Community Center where once again, the Gatling Gun was disassembled and placed in storage at the Highway department. By then the metal components of the gun had become badly corroded.
Gatling Gun brought through Community Center doors
Through the efforts of Historical Society Curator Tom Schobert, Town Historian Jim Pace, and Jim Manley, a restoration company was located that could restore the Gatling Gun. Tuckahoe Replicas and Restorations, out of Altoona, Pennsylvania was selected to do the restoration on the Gun. Tom Schobert, working with Town Councilmember Joe Cantafio, was able to obtain funding for the restoration through the office of State Assemblyman Pat Burke
Gatling Gun set in place in Community Center Hallway
The Gatling Gun was picked up in October 2021 and transported to Tuckahoe Restorations, where work was started to bring the weapon back to its original appearance. The restoration work was completed in late March 2023 and on 11 April 2023, the Gatling Gun was returned to West Seneca. The Gun was wheeled into the Community Center hallway and readied for display. A formal dedication ceremony will be made at a later date
Gatling Gun on display
Today there are only six, possibly seven, of the Gatling Guns remaining. The value of this weapon has been estimated upwards from two-hundred thousand dollars, so not only is this a unique piece of military history but also a very valuable one as well.
Members of the West Seneca Joint Veterans Committee
- Updated Veteran's Bricks Listing in the Walkway of Freedom Complex
Click here to view Pathway Layout. The link for all indexed bricks is also at the bottom of that page
Walkway of Freedom: Pathways
- World War II – West Seneca War Service Records
Every community has memorials dedicated to the men and women who gave their life in the pursuit of freedom against tyrannical forces. It is morally right and proper that we remember and honor the sacrifices of those names carved on granite memorials. But what about those veterans who did return home. Many came back home with combat wounds of war but many more returned home to their loved ones without physical wounds. They came home to their families and continued their lives and careers without fanfare. The names and sacrifices of these American heroes who came home are slowly being forgotten as the sands of time slip away. It is estimated that out of the 16 million Americans that went to war in World War II, only a little over 389,000 of those veterans were still with us at the end of 2019. Once these members of the greatest generation are gone, how much of their sacrifice will be remembered?
The World War II database is the most comprehensive look at the military service of the West Seneca men and women who served in that world-wide war. Their military database record stands as a testament to the courage, commitment and sacrifice our young men and women made to keep our nation safe and remaining free from tyranny.
The database is available by visiting our World War II page by Clicking here.
In addition to the database, lists of varying interest have also been created. Those listings include World War II Purple Heart recipients, service personnel killed in combat, Silver Star recipients, service personnel by street, personnel by military branch, personnel by street, plus many more. Various category listings can be viewed at West Seneca World War II Lists
We owe much to all of our veterans who fought in another generation. Nearly every right and freedom we enjoy today has been defended on the battlefields of World War II in faraway lands. Americans must never forget their sacrifices.
We must preserve the heritage of our West Seneca heroes, passing the memory of their sacrificial service to the next and succeeding generations of Americans.
As Americans we all owe a debt to the military veterans who have made it possible for our way of life to endure.
When the United States entered World War II, hundreds of young men and women from the Town of West Seneca joined the military to do their part to protect our freedoms from thoses forces that tried to dominate countries around the world.
An ongoing project is recreating the information from the original WAR SERVICE RECORDS collected during the World War II years. The public is invited to help update records contained in this listing.
- Calling All Western New York Residents Who Served during the Korean War Era and the Vietnam War Era
Over 1.7 million servicemen and servicewomen served in Korea during the Korean War, and more than 3.4 million troops were deployed to Vietnam during that war. In addition, millions more of our military served around the world during the Korean War era and the Vietnam War era. Their contributions to our military can never be fully appreciated and was important to our nation no matter where they served. We want to recognize and honor our Korean era and Vietnam era veterans from Western New York by creating a database of their service. This database will pay a lasting tribute to all local area residents who served during those two eras.
Our goal is to create a database that will pay a lasting tribute to all who served during the two conflict eras. If you or a member of your family served during the Korea or Vietnam eras, we would like to hear from you.
- Veteran must have been honorably discharged from military service
- Must have served on active military duty during the following conflict eras:
- Korean conflict era (June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955)
- Vietnam conflict era (February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975)
To create the database, our Korean War and Vietnam War era veterans or a member of their family must complete a questionnaire. If you would like to participate, click on the Korean and Vietnam Era Veterans Questionnaire link below, print and complete. Drop off the form or mail to the Veterans Committee at American Legion Post 735. The database compilation will be posted on the West Seneca Joint Veterans Committee website and preserved in hardcopy at the West Seneca Historical Society. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Manley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view the Database Questionnaire for Korean and Vietnam Era Veterans. Print, complete and mail.
Help us thank our veterans for their selflessness, bravery and their sacrifice in advancing the cause of peace and freedom. Documenting the service of our Korean and Vietnam Era veterans will preserve their memory for generations to come.
The West Seneca Joint Veterans Committee was formed in 1957, when many veterans wished a centrally located monument in the Town of West Seneca, dedicated to all wars. The idea of the town veterans banding together for the common good was felt so strongly, through the monument endeavor, that all agreed to continue the organization.
- To channel all town veterans affairs through a single committee, whether these affairs pertain to government, the Town Board or matters involving other community groups or organizations.
- To encourage and foster communication among the individual veterans posts and groups.
- To reduce the duplication of functions and services provided by individual posts, and increase the coordination of community activities provided by veterans groups.
- To provide a unified and solid front on behalf of all veterans in the Town of West Seneca.
- To promote and strengthen comradeship among the individual veterans posts or organizations.
West Seneca Veterans Committee
Meeting Schedule for 2024
(Subject to Change)
DATE TIME HOST MEETING LOCATION 3/22/2024 6:30PM Marine Corps League Community Center - Small Meeting Room 4/26/2024 6:30PM American Legion Post 735 Community Center - Small Meeting Room 5/17/2024 6:30PM 82nd Airborne Community Center - Small Meeting Room 9/27/2024 6:30PM Amvets Post 8113 Community Center - Small Meeting Room 10/25/2024 6:30PM Seabees of America Community Center - Small Meeting Room
2024 - Upcoming Veterans Committee Events
10:00 AM Veterans Memorial Day Mass
St. Peter's United Church Post Flags
Orchard Park Road and Reserve Road Monday,
10:30 AM Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
11:00am - Walkway of Freedom Complex
Town Hall Monday,
11:00 AM Veterans Day Ceremony Walkway of Freedom
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