-495 Paderewski Avenue, Buffalo, N.Y. - The public is invited to pay tribute to the men and women of our armed forces by visiting the iconic Central Terminal towering over the East Side of Buffalo for a special ceremony on Veterans Day this Friday, Nov 11 at 11am. Scheduled to take part in the patriotic tribute are students from PS 192 Academy for Visual and Performing arts, Hutch-Tech JROTC, Melissa Kate, Hogs and Heroes Foundation, Dog Co, 16th Infantry Division WWII Re-enactors, the CTRC, Forgotten Buffalo and Buffalo Councilman David Franczyk.
Following the presentation, the CTRC will offer free tours of the Terminal along with complimentary coffee and donuts courtesy of Potts Deli & Grille. The public (both civilian and veteran) is invited to attend.
When Buffalos Central terminal opened in June of 1929, train travel had already been declining in favor of other modes of transportation. Compounded by the stock market crash in October of that year and the subsequent Great Depression, the art deco transportation hub looked as if it would never fully achieve its purpose of transporting people as designed.
Ten years later with the United States’ involvement in WW2, the rail station became a crucial element in transporting our troops to various points for training and deployment. For many, it was the last time they would see their families before going off to war and sacrificing their lives for our freedom. The Central Terminals role as transportation hub continued through the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam era.
The last train left the Central Terminal in 1979. However with the search for a new Buffalo train station perhaps the final chapter for this magnificent skyscraper has yet to be written.