Ground broken on Iraq/Afghanistan memorial

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Since September 11, 2001, over 70 men and woman from Western New York have lost their lives defending our country.

Tuesday, ground was broken on a memorial to honor their sacrifices. Officials held a ceremony at the Buffalo Naval and Military Park.

Once completed, the monument will be located in between the Korean and Vietnam memorials.

Iraq/Afghanistan Committee member Dan Frontera said, “We as veterans have a responsibility every day for the rest of our lives to live a better life on their behalf and we want people to remember that, we want them to never forget those names.”

Gold Star Mother Kimberly Wilson added, “I think it’s beautiful, I think that every aspect of it’s been thought out to the tee, and I think they’ve done them proud.”

The memorial will be dedicated on September 13. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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