The University at Buffalo will once again honor its first
chancellor and the 13th president of the United States, Millard
Fillmore, in a ceremony to take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at
Fillmore's gravesite in Buffalo's Forest Lawn Cemetery.
The annual outdoor ceremony will mark the 212th anniversary of
Fillmore's birth. It is hosted by UB, the Forest Lawn Group and the
Buffalo Club. It is free and open to the public.
The memorial address will be delivered by UB vice provost and
dean of undergraduate education, A. Scott Weber.
A special wreath from the White House will be placed at the
gravesite by Col. John J. Higgins, 107th Airlift Wing, New York Air
The invocation will be presented by the Rev. Margaret A.
O'Neall, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo.
The UB Police Color Guard will present the flags. To close the
ceremony, West Richter Jr., a UB student and member of the UB
Marching Band, will play taps.
A reception with refreshments will follow immediately in the
Forest Lawn Chapel.
Born on Jan. 7, 1800, Fillmore was instrumental in founding the
Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, the Buffalo Club and
The Buffalo General Hospital. His activities also led to the
creation of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, the Buffalo
Fine Arts Academy and the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences.
This year's commemoration marks the 47th consecutive year UB has
organized the ceremony, a tradition that dates back to 1937.
From 1937 until 1965, the anniversary ceremonies were a
cooperative staging by the city of Buffalo and the Buffalo Board of
Media arrangements: Sara R. Saldi, onsite, at 716-597-8434.