Chautauqua County Worker’s Memorial

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Chautauqua County Workers’ Memorial

The Chautauqua County Worker’s Memorial Day will be celebrated on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. The location is Erlandson County Park, Oak Hill Road, Frewsburg.

We encourage everyone to attend and remember our co-workers who went to work one day and did not return. This year’s featured speaker is former County Executive Mark Thomas who is the Western District Director of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and has recently been elected Chairman of the Niagara Falls Illumination Board. Other speakers include State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell. There will also be a ceremony to remember Joseph Sweeny, last year’s speaker, CCWM board member and labor leader who passed away this past winter.

The Erlandson Park is a 78-acre park that includes nature trails, picnic facilities, observation platforms, restrooms and the workers’ memorial site. The workers’ memorial site includes the workers memorial gazebo, a monument, and a flagpole. Last year a brick walkway was installed from the memorial monument to the flagpole. The bricks were inscribe with the names from our memorial roll of deceased workers plus other bricks donated by people and organizations. The Chautauqua County Workers Memorial site is dedicated to “all” Chautauqua County workers who have been injured or killed on the job. This project is a joint effort of Jamestown-Central Labor Council, Dunkirk- Central Labor Council, Chautauqua County Government-Chautauqua County Parks Commission and its sponsors. For those who attend, a commemorative program is distributed. This brochure contains the site’s history, our memorial roll of those Chautauqua workers who went to work .