BUFFALO — CSEA Western Region members honored veterans through its 16th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony held at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park.

At the event, sponsored by the region’s Veterans Committee, more than 100 CSEA families and many guests paid tribute to the many men and women who have selflessly served our country. Many CSEA active and retiree members are U.S. military veterans who have served, or are currently serving, in the armed forces, including as reservists.

The program included a 21-gun salute from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1419 based in Hamburg, speeches from Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and others, laying of the wreath, folding of the flag ceremony and a carnation dedication in memory of veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Western Region President Flo Tripi gave a special thanks to outgoing Veterans Committee Chair Bob Pyjas, who has chaired the committee and this event since its inception and was given special thanks for his service. Also playing active roles in this year’s event were new Western Region Veteran Committee Chair and Erie County Local activist Amy Owczarczak and Western Region 2nd Vice President Tim Finnigan, who served as master of ceremonies.

— Ove Overmyer

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From left, Western Region PresidentFlo Tripi, new Western Region VeteransCommitee Chair, Air Force Reserve Staff Sgt.Amy Owczarczak and State Sen-elect ChrisJacobs honor veterans.
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Ove Overmyer

Ove Overmyer is an award winning photojournalist and writer who has promoted the virtue of working people and the value of public service throughout his career. His work has been published by many well-respected international media outlets, including PBS Moyers & Co., Steward Update UCS Worker Institute Cornell ILR, CBS News, The Weather Channel, SCI-FY Channel, Associated Press and LOGO-TV. Before joining the CSEA Communications Department staff in 2015, Overmyer was a CSEA member employed by the City of Rochester and an officer of the union for more than 18 years. He covers a 14 county area of Western New York and lives in Rochester, NY.

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