Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank You

Thank you to all the Veterans and people serving in our Armed Forces.  Thank you so much for your sacrifices for our country 

Today I went to the Connecticut Street Armory for the Veteran’s Day Commemoration and the public tour that followed.  The armory is only open to the public twice a year – on Memorial Day and on Veterans Day. 

It really is a beautiful building.  Warren was our guide and was sooooooo knowledgeable about the armory and was very interesting to listen to.  I just wish we could have seen more of the building… we got to see the Great Court – where the commemoration took place, the Cavalry room and the 74th Regiment room – which were side rooms off of the Great Court and we got to see the back storage/vehicle maintenance area.  There was a lot of memorabilia and history in the two side rooms.  I totally understand why we couldn’t have free run of the place, but I would have loved to have been able to go upstairs and maybe have seen the basement.

From the tour, I learned stuff about famous Buffalo people.  Names I’ve heard of before, but never knew why they were famous.  Among other things, I now know why Donovan is such a prominent name and I now know that the highest decorated military people in WW1 and WW2 were both from Buffalo.  In high school social studies classes, we learned all about China and medieval times and the ancient Egyptians, but we never had classes on the area we live in.  That is such a shame.  I feel pretty stupid the history of Buffalo.  I think I need to go on more tours.


Conneticut Street Armory

The Great Court

Commemoration Ceremony

Back Wall of Great Court

Vehicle Maintenance Area

Doughboy in Front of Connecticut Street Armory


Becky said...

I didn't know about that, and I was right in the area, at one point taking pictures of the armory. Next year.

Jill said...

I thought for sure you would have been there too - I was trying to figure out which of the people on the tour might have been you :)