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The Veterans Memorial at Amherst State Park

The red square is the approximate location of the proposed veterans memorial planned in Amherst State Park. Watch this page for other announcements about the changes to the park.

Groundbreaking For The Veterans Memorial May 6, 2011

    Future place of honor: Amherst Deputy Supervisor Guy Marlette, fourth from the right, speaks Friday during a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the Amherst Veterans Memorial at Amherst State Park.

Charles Lewis/Buffalo News

Amherst Veterans Memorial Groundbreaking

    Ground was broken today (May 6, 2011 12:30 pm) on the Amherst Veterans Memorial located in Amherst State Park off Mill Street in Amherst. Deputy Supervisor Guy Marlette was the driving force behind this memorial. “Amherst wanted to honor the many generations of Veterans who have serve so valiantly in our Armed Services. These men and women have endured hardship, putting the needs of others ahead of themselves, sometimes making the supreme sacrifice. This memorial will hopefully cause our citizens to reflect with gratitude the service of our Veterans. We owe our very freedom to our Veterans,” Marlette emphasized.

    The project developed when Deputy Supervisor Marlette submitted a resolution calling for the creation of an Amherst Veterans Memorial in the Amherst State Park. The Memorial will be located in the upper level of the historic Amherst State Park near the Grotto and near where the master plan calls for the arboretum. The location in Amherst State Park was chosen for its attractive and peaceful setting, historic context, centralized location and consistency with the Amherst Historic Preservation Commission and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have all had opportunities for input over the past two years regarding the design.

    Actively working with New York State Veterans, State Veterans Counselor Tracy Kinn stated “I see directly the sacrifices of our Armed Forces. It is a privilege to be here for the groundbreaking of this historic remembrance.

        Others in attendance at the opening were Supervisor Weinstein, Jim Mahoney Chairman Amherst of the Veterans Committee, Dave Sherman, Amherst Town Historian, VFW Post 419 Commander Don Sipes, Joe Orzzechowski Commander of the A. J. Jurek Post and Lt. Stephen Dally, USMC. The anticipated completion of the memorial is Summer 2011

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