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Grounds: Open everyday
of the year Dawn to Dusk 

Office: 9am-12pm  1pm-4pm
Monday - Friday 

Oakwood Cemetery 

763 Portage Road
Niagara Falls, NY 14301 

Office/Fax: 716.284.5131 

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Tuesday
Sep242013

Family Day at Oakwood

 NIAGARA FALLS, NY  (Oakwood Cemetery) - The thrilling story of Homan Walsh will be celebrated later in September as Children's Book Author Alexis O'Neill comes to Oakwood Cemetery to unveil her new book, "The Kite that Bridged Two Nations".  The beautiful book tells Homan's story through wonderful words and gorgeous illustrations.  Mrs. O'Neill will be on hand to autograph the books and answer questions.

 

 

 

Tuesday
Sep172013

Mystery face on Oakwood's Tree

NIAGARA FALLS, NY  (Oakwood Cemetery) - Grounds keeper Mike Salazar was mowing the cemetery last week and stopped the mower to back up and look at this tree.  He thought he had seen a face.  What do you see?

 

 

The above is an unretouched, undoctored photo from Mike's phone.  I went out to check it out myself.  The shadows on Mike's picture help bring out the features, but you can definitely see the face in broad daylight.  These are also undoctored, except to be re-sized for the webpage.

 


 

 

Tuesday
Sep102013

World War II US Air Force Captain William C. Glasgow 

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) -  The Oakwood Cemetery Association, 763 Portage Rd., Niagara Falls, NY, will hold a gravesite ceremony honoring Captain William Clarkson Glasgow on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10:00 AM to Noon. In his honor, there will be an Oakwood Cemetery Notable Person Marker unveiling and a POW Medal Presentation. Materials relating to Capt. Glasgow’s life and military service will be on display.


Captain William C. Glasgow served in the US Air Force during World War II from 1942-1945. He flew more than 80 missions in Europe and Africa during his wartime service. On his last mission, Capt. Glasgow was injured when his plane was shot down, resulting in his capture by enemy forces. He escaped and was re-captured. This time, he was sent to a hospital behind enemy lines. There, he escaped for a second time. It took him 12 days to rejoin his unit.

Captain Glasgow returned to the US to serve out the rest of his military career. While performing for a US Bond Drive Air Show, he was piloting an experimental aircraft, the XP-55. In front of more than 70,000 people at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, he narrowly avoided the grandstands, which were full of spectators, and slammed into an approaching automobile. Four of the five people in the car were killed along with Captain Glasgow. His body was sent back to his hometown of Niagara Falls, NY and buried with full military honors in Oakwood Cemetery.

The Glasgow family sponsored one of the new Oakwood Cemetery Notable Person Markers in his name. It will be unveiled during a ceremony which will include a POW Medal Presentation. The marker will be a lasting memorial dedicated to Captain William C. Glasgow and his service to the United States of America.

The Oakwood Cemetery will be open to the public.  Please join us in the celebration of US Air Force Captain William C. Glasgow's life.  

Monday
Aug192013

A Photo Finish for Summer at Oakwood

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - The Summer at Oakwood Photo Contest has ended with the announcement of the prize winners.  Several of the entries are now on display at the Niagara Falls Public Library.  The contest was sponsored by Tim and Barbara Maloney who taught a basic Photography class as part of Oakwood Cemetery's "Oakwood University".  The top 3 winners were awarded cash prizes.  Third place went to 9 year old Evan O'Connor.  Second to Cynthia Jozwik-Burge.  First prize went to Dawn Cody for her picture "Chained Door".  Congratulations to all.  Hopefully we can get copies of the pictures posted on the website.  See the Summer at Oakwood Ceremony photos >>

Wednesday
Aug072013

Thank You for a wonderful evening!

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - The Board of Directors and Staff at Oakwood Cemetery would like to thank you for making the Angels of Oakwood E.B. Green designed Mausoleum Rededication such a huge success.  We are so greatful to a giving community for coming together and helping us with our first big fundraiser.  We were very honored to have Congressman Brian Higgins, Senator George Maziarz, Assemblyman Ceretto, and Mayor Paul Dyster attend our event and speak as well.  Thank to our elected officials for recognizing the importance of the history here Oakwood.  We also thank Chair persons Trudy Christman and Pete Ames.  Without their long hours and dedication the evening would not have gone off as soothly as it did.  We thank Nora Masters for her glorious touches in decorating and catering the Mausoleum.  She transformed the space from what some might think is cold and scarey into a warm and inviting area to highlight our permanent residents.  The evening was completed with a delicious dinner by Carolyn's House "Catering Crew" under a Falls Tent and Awning tent.  Guests were transported by the Niagara Parks Trolley with abbreviated tours by Michelle and Jillian Kratts.  Our grounds crew not only had to make the cemetery sparkle, but clean up from the devasting wind storm of two weeks previous.  Special thanks to all the local volunteers who helped with that clean up as well.  Overall, it was a memorable evening, and thanks again to all!

Angels of Oakwood Event pictures >>