Funding secured for monument

Will honor african american veterans

Matt Moran
July 03, 2018 - 1:53 pm

WBEN Photo/Matt Moran


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) -Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Senator Chris Jacobs announced a combined $800,000 of funding for a monument will honor African American veterans across all the military conflicts the U.S. has been a part of.

Senator Jacobs says the message of the monument is clear. 

"This monument is particular speaks to African American veterans who sacrifice so much get the recognition they deserve," Senator Jacobs said.

The project is expected to cost $1.4 million. Mayor Byron Brown is pushing for more funding for the monument that will be the nation's first dedicated solely to African American veterans and service members.

"This will be history in Buffalo," Mayor Brown said. "We have to make sure this monument gets done."

The monument will be located in Buffalo's Naval and Military Park joining 12 other monuments. Paul Marzello, the interim Executive Director of the park says their primary mission is to privide engaging and inspiring eductaional visitor experiences that preserve and honor the contributions of all veterans.

"We look forward to welcoming this new attraction to our naval park, our waterfront and to the world," Marzello said.

he monument will consist of twelve black concrete pillars with the tops of them illuminating. Jonathan Casey of Solid 716 created the design. Project supporters are still seeking more sponsors. 





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