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Three years ago there was talk that Batavia would no longer do a Memorial Day parade, because of a lack in helpers until City Councilwoman Rosemary Christian stepped in to ensure that wouldn’t happen. Christian says it was important to keep the parades going.
“There’s just a tradition here and the fact that these men and women serve our country for our freedom, for our peace, for our constitutional right, and just remember what it’s for,” said Christian. “It’s for our men and women who have served our country.”
Christian says she couldn’t help out as much as she wanted to this year. She says the parade wouldn’t be happening without Bob Bialkowski, the 2012 Memorial Day Parade Co-Chair. Bialkowski says Monday’s parade will start with a C130 air plane from the Niagara Falls air reserve flying over head.
“We will be starting with the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 193 Color Guard, followed by the U.S. Army and New York National Guard. They are supposed to have three Humvees and troops, all of whom are combat veterans,” says Bialkowski. “I hope people can give them a big round of applause.”
Bialkowski says the parade will also feature Grand Marshall Steve Hawley senior, a 1942 Batavia police motorcycle, the Batavia High School band, the Muckdogs mascot and much more. He talks about the real meaning of the parade.
“We should all take some time during Memorial Day to remember the people who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live the free life that we have.” Bialkowski continues, “Sometimes we also need to honor the living, the people out there giving the service, and doing the service for us. We need to show them our support also.”
Batavia’s Memorial Day Parade starts at 10am on Monday starting in front of East Towne Plaza and making its way down Main Street to St. Joseph's School.
-reported by WBTA’s Ashley Hassett

There will be a crack down by law enforcement on drunk drivers this Memorial Day weekend. Local, State and County lawmen have joined together to announce that there will be a number of sobriety check points on roadways for the holiday weekend. All 62 Counties in the state are participating in DWI-Stops on many roadways in an effort to remind motorists to think before they drive. The Genesee County Sherriff’s department is reminding motorists that driving with a blood-alcohol content or BAC of 0.08 or higher will put them over the legal limit.

Several museums in Western New York are participating in an effort that will allow military families to get into some local museums for free. The Blue Star Museums Initiative will allow military family’s free admission into museums from Memorial Day through Labor Day with their military identification card. Locally, the Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia is participating, along with Lockport’s Niagara County History Center, the Colonial William Bond Jesse Hawley House and the North Tonawanda History Museum. Congresswoman Kathy Hochul led the free museum admission initiative. 


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