BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Buffalo's Hispanic community has waited a long time and Friday was able to unveil the Western New York Hispanic American Veterans Monument at the Naval and Military Park.
This monument is unlike any other in the country because it features two life-sized bronze figures of both a male and a female soldier paying tribute to a fallen hero.
Veteran Jose Pizarro, who co-planned the monument, said, "When we were doing the planning for this monument, we focused on the male and then we later focused on having a female in order to balance because we know that females are part of the armed forces and they are out there fighting also."
This monument has been in the planning stages since 2011. It is a tribute to two units. The 65th Infantry took part in missions in both World Wars and the Korean Conflict. Most of the troops in that group were from Puerto Rico. The other is the former Gabriel Rodriguez American Legion Post 1928.
This is the seventh nationally known monument dedicated to Hispanic American military heroes.
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