Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while fighting in American wars. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. On May 28, Memorial Day from 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. the American Legion Jesse Clipper Post #430 will conduct a Memorial Day Service at the Jesse Clipper Square at the corner of Michigan Avenue and William Street.

The Jesse Clipper Park is named after the first African American soldier from Buffalo to die in WWI. The City of Buffalo has made the Jesse Clipper Square a part of the William Street redevelopment project, which includes the redesigning the Jesse Clipper Square to the original design created by an African American architect. The monument was erected to honor all African American Military veterans from WWI through Afghanistan. The Jesse Clipper American Legion Post #430 invites the community to join us for this momentous occasion of a ribbon cutting for the new park.

The program will include: Posting of the Colors- by the Maritime Charter School Color Guard ; the Hutch Tech Junior ROTC ; Placing of the Wreath -by Gold Star Mother Ann Davis and more. The park dedication -and ribbon cutting will include City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, City of Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz,, Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy, City of Buffalo Comptroller Mark Schroeder, Majority Leader Erie County Legislature April Baskin, Legislature Barbara Miller- William, Former Legislature Betty Jean Grant (Valor for Valor Committee), Former City of Buffalo Council President George K. Arthur, George Scott, President of the Colored Musicians Club ,Local 533, Henry Jernigan, Commander Bennet-Wells Post