On Saturday, before heading to Music is Art, I swung by the Inner Harbor to take a look (and pay my respects) at the new WNY Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial that was just installed and dedicated at the Naval and Military Park. The monument is a dedication to all of the military personnel from Greater Buffalo who have served since the attacks of 9/11/2001, as well all as those who lost their lives in that particular line of duty.
With the addition of the WNY Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial, the Naval and Military Park is becoming an increasingly significant and solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by our veterans.
As I walked the trail that leads from monument to monument, I was struck by how peaceful the surroundings were, while at the same time there were many others walking along with me. I could hear ceremonies in the distance, and could sense the emotions of those who were there to pay their respects.
I was also keenly aware of the number of monuments that the park now harbors. A visit to this section of the waterfront is a military history lesson that you just can’t glean from a book or TV.
Each year I find myself more and more proud of the men and women in our community who have fought for our country, mainly because of the tangible reminders that are built as remembrances. The Naval and Military Park is a real eye opener into our military past, from the countries where our soldiers fought, to the heritage of those who served.
The next time that you find yourself at Canalside, do yourself a favor and take a walk through the monument trail at the Naval and Military Park. You will find yourself in awe of their beauty and power that they emanate.
To learn more about the Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial, click here.