Some visitors to the park on Tuesday were hoping to get a glimpse of some arriving ships.
NAVY WEEK in Buffalo September 10, 2012 - September 17, 2012
Location: Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park and other locations.
Address: One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, NY 14202
Times: Events will be happening throughout the week at different times.
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The Navy Week events include the arrival of some tall ships from both the U.S. and Canada at Canalside -- and a welcoming celebration set for 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.
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Adm. Greg Nosal
The event also includes public tours of the ships, educational programs, along with military demonstrations in the water, in the air, and on land. The sailors involved will also perform some community service. Navy bands will also perform concerts.
The Navy Leap Frog Skydiving Team will perform Saturday at 2- and Sunday at 6 pm- SEE VIDEO BELOW
Visitors can also view historical exhibits, and see new 1812-themed artwork from members of the American Society of Marine Artists. The park also has an ongoing War of 1812 exhibit, which was unveiled back in July.
SEE THE NAVY's Event Schedule HERE
Naval Park Scheduled Events
• Niagara Frontier War of 1812 Exhibit
• U.S. Navy War of 1812 Exhibit
• U.S. Coast Guard Petri Gallery (40 models of USCG ships throughout history)
• American Society of Marine Artists Exhibit, including (new 1812-themed paintings
• Saluting Our War Heroes Exhibits
Wednesday Sept. 12
• Opening ceremony (free and open to public) 3 pm
• “Greet the Fleet” Boat Parade
• Welcome Party
• VIP Party onboard the USS Little Rock
Saturday Sept. 15
• Veteran Appreciation Awards Ceremony (free and open to public)
• VIP Reception onboard the USS Little Rock
Wednesday - Sunday
• Tours of Fleet ships (free and open to public)
• Navy band performances on Central Wharf (free and open to public)
• Hospitality tent
• Daily community service projects by the sailors
Sunday Sept. 16
• 1812 Bicentennial Gala
• Navy Week closing Band concert
Monday Sept. 17 • Fleet departs
taken from the Erie Co. Sheriff's Dept. Helicopter, as the ships arrived Tuesday afternoon
The US NAVY LEAP FROG PARACHUTE TEAM performs 2 PM Saturday & 6 PM Sunday
and they will also be making a demonstration drop at the Bills Home Opener Sunday
From the Buffalo Naval and Serviceman's Park
“Greet the Fleet” Boat Parade and Welcome Party
The Boat Parade will occur with much fanfare on September 12 when the Fleet arrives in town. Private boaters are invited to sail into port alongside the Navy ships, U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Navy Ships and historic tall ships. Then join the public for a party at the Park to welcome the visiting sailors. A separate VIP party will be catered onboard the USS Little Rock. Veteran Appreciation Awards and 1812 Bicentennial Gala
The award ceremony begins in the afternoon of Saturday, September 15. The Park will present two awards to an individual and anorganization that have made significant contributions to the Western New York veteran community. The high-profile ceremony willinclude a color guard, musical tribute and many local dignitaries. In the evening of Sunday, September 16, an elegant cocktail party with food, drink and music will be held at the Park. A program book given to all participants during these events will include sponsors.
The Naval & Military Park opened a new permanent exhibit on the War of 1812 and its importance to the Buffalo Niagara region. Also new is an entire room dedicated to 40 museum-quality models of U.S. Coast Guard ships throughout history. Naming rights to the exhibits will continue through 2013. In addition, the prestigious American Society of Marine Artists has provided an exhibit of new 1812-themed artwork through October 14.
Flags and “Star Spangled” Banners
American and Canadian flags will wave throughout the Naval & Military Park September 10-17 to welcome the Fleet. Bicentennial commemorative banners will be hung around the Park to help educate the public and enhance the festivities. Sponsorship helps purchase the flags and banners.