MEMORIAL DAY: Area takes time to remember

Special services were held at Fredonia Place by the American Legion Post 59. Doug Allen, national anthem singer for the Buffalo Sabres, performed patriotic songs in Forestville. And in Dunkirk, a service was held to remember with a parade that followed to celebrate America.

This was just a small sample of the many Memorial Day events around the region on Monday. We did it in honor of our country and to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

One of those men’s stories was included in our Why we served section. Dunkirk’s Lt. George Mayott was part of 2nd Bomb Group 20th Bomb Squadron. During the aircraft’s 42nd mission, it sustained the loss of an engine and fuel leakage after a trip over southern Germany. It crashed near the Czech-Austrian border after attempting to traverse the Alps.

While Mayott and his four partners in the mission survived the crash, they were later killed by two with Nazi ties.

Mayott never returned home to be honored for his service. He is one — and there are many more — whose service to our country can never be forgotten.

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