Batavia to Honor David Bellavia

Bellavia to receive the key to the city

Tom Puckett
July 23, 2019 - 4:00 am

Batavia, NY (WBEN) Today will mark another honor for David Bellavia. The Medal of Honor recipient will receive the Key to the City of Batavia.

City Manager Dr. Martin Moore says the idea came about after the high honor in Washington. "We really felt very strongly that we wanted to do something to let David know, we acknowledge his bravery and his sacrifice to his country," says Moore. 

Howard Owens of the Batavian is part of the organizing committee. He says scheduling the event took some time. "We had some initial meetings but it wasn't going to fit the Army's or David's schedule at the time" shortly after the ceremony, says Owens. "Last week, we heard from someone who works with David about his availability and would be available Tuesday to receive the Key to the City."

Owens says Batavia is proud of Bellavia's connection to the city. "Batavia has had one previous Medal of Honor recipient in Charles Rand. Now, we have a living servicemember who received this honor, the first living member to receive this from the Iraq War. This is pretty awe-inspiring when you read the account," says Owens.

Moore says the 2pm ceremony will be straightforward. The plaque will be read out loud, and then the key will be given to Bellavia, followed by Bellavia's acceptance speech.

The event is open to the public, and there are two things to keep in mind:

  • City administrative offices will be closed beginning at 1:30 PM until the conclusion of the presentation


  • Jefferson Avenue between Main Street and the north entrance to Wendy’s/Tim Hortons’ will be closed to traffic beginning at 1:30 PM until the conclusion of the presentation
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