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Olean Area's 23rd Annual National Children's Day Celebration to Take Place at Franchot Park

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The Children’s Annual Garden is ready for planting on Sunday.
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Memorial blocks were laid in the ground in 2016 as part of Antonio Belvees' Eagle Scout project.
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OLEAN, NY -- Franchot Park will be the site of the Greater Olean Area's 23rd annual celebration of National Children's Day Sunday at 1 p.m.

As part of the living memorial to all children, living or deceased, a prominent part of the celebration is the planting of flowers in the Children's Memorial Flower Garden. Everyone is welcome to bring an annual flower of choice to plant. Flowers will be made available too. Attendees are urged to bring gardening tools and gloves helpful.
 
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At this year’s event, Olean Mayor William Aiello will read a proclamation on behalf of the City of Olean and is expected to be joined by representatives from the City of Olean fire and police departments.

Other individuals and organizations in attendance to help with the planting will also be given an opportunity to say a few words, should they care to do so, in honor of our children.
 
Refreshments will be made available, along with raffles and special activities for the children. The celebration usually lasts about two hours.

Weather permitting, the wading pool at Franchot Park is scheduled to be open Saturday and Sunday,weekend noon-5:00 p.m.,to coincide with Children’s Day.

For further information on the celebration, contact Kathy Boser by phone, (716) 373-0406, or by email at kboser@sbu.edu.
 
Children's Day is an observance recognized in many countries around the world on various dates. In America, it is traditionally held on the second Sunday in June. The celebration of a special Children's Day in America predates both Mother's Day and Father's Day, with the first documented observation being held 162 years ago in 1856.
 

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