Annual NY ‘1812’ event to honor war’s dead

Associated Press

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — An annual event held in a Buffalo suburb to commemorate the War of 1812 takes on extra significance as the U.S. and Canada commemorate the conflict’s bicentennial.

Since 1985, the town of Cheektowaga has been holding a parade on the second Sunday in June to honor hundreds of American, British and Canadian soldiers buried in mass graves at Garrison Cemetery National Historic Site.

Organizers say this Sunday afternoon’s event takes on added meaning as the 200th anniversary of the war is commemorated over the next three years in parts of Canada, upstate New York and elsewhere in the U.S.

Most of the approximately 500 soldiers buried in the Cheektowaga cemetery are American troops who were fighting in the Buffalo-Niagara region in 1813.

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