Trips and Outings

Below are some of the trips and outings The Fenton History Center’s program Vets Finding Vets have done in the past.

Naval and Military Park

On Saturday, June 24th 2017, Vets Finding Vets, hosted a long-awaited bus trip to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park in Buffalo, New York.

Blue skies, sunshine, amazing ships, compelling Museum exhibits, and camaraderie all day long- who could ask for anything more? A good time was had by all.  Anyone looking for a family destination this summer should seriously consider visiting the Buffalo Naval & Military Park.

The group consisted of 18 veterans, which included 6 WWII Veterans, 8 additional guests who accompanied the veterans in attendance and Vets Finding Vets Project Coordinator Barb Cessna. (See photographs from the June 24th below.)

Bill Graves and VFV Project Coordinator Barb Cessna

Bill Graves, Dave and Marilyn Riotto, Bill Smith

Steve Frankson, Winston Frankson, Marty Hagstrom
Front- Irene Kent, Omer Post, John Collins, Mark Collins, Bill Karasek, Ralph Robinson, Paul Arnone, Jack Anderson, and Dan Zepka.

WWII Fathers and Sons: From left: Buz and Bill Graves, Steve and Winston Frankson, Ralph and Dale Robinson

Veterans and their guests between the missile launchers on the fantail of the USS Little Rock

Tour group having lunch on the fantail of the USS Little Rock

Looking down on the USS Sullivan from the USS Little Rock

Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park in Buffalo, New York.


D-Day Re-enactment in Conneaut Ohio

Veterans in the News

On Saturday, August 19th 2018, the Fenton History Center’s Vets Finding Vets program assembled together 34 Chautauqua County veterans and their guests for a bus trip to Conneaut, Ohio, for the 18th annual D-Day Re-Enactment event.

“We had veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm on this trip, and everyone was happy with the results,” said Barb Cessna, Vets Finding Vets program coordinator. “The annual D-Day Conneaut living history re-enactment is the largest D-Day recreation in the world. It is driven by a passion for history and admiration of those who fought to ensure the freedom of millions. Vets Finding Vets was thrilled to offer the opportunity to visit D-Day Ohio to area veterans and their families.”

Through the donations of Henry Mosher Post No. 638 and Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647 and auxiliary, the trip was free to those who participated.

The Fenton History Center’s Vets Finding Vets program was established to honor Chautauqua County Veterans by connecting them with each other and a variety of services. For more information about Vets Finding Vets and upcoming programs, please contact Barb Cessna at 664-6256 or email

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