NORTH TONAWANDA – Mayor Robert G. Ortt will be a guest speaker at the Marine Appreciation Day celebration hosted by Conrad Kania Detachment, Marine Corps League, at 10 a.m. Saturday in Raymond Klimek Veterans Park on River Road.
Ortt, a veteran of Afghanistan who served as a first lieutenant in the New York National Guard, said: “For 237 years, the United States Marine Corps has produced some of the finest warriors and leaders that America has had. This event is a wonderful way for the public to come and pay tribute to that history and recognize their service and sacrifice.”
A highlight Saturday will be the rededication of the refurbished Marine monument, which includes the famous Marine symbol of the eagle, globe and anchor, which sits atop the monument. The monument had weathered since it was built 15 years and was recently updated. Military vehicles will also be on display.
In addition, the Marine Corps League Gold Medal will be presented to Marine James May, and the corps will offer a remembrance to fallen Marines as part of the event.
Refreshments will be available. There will also be a ladies auxiliary basket raffle and a quartermaster table. Western New York Young Marines will be at the event to answer questions about their service.