NORTH TONAWANDA, NY (WIVB) - A Purple Heart monument was unveiled in North Tonawanda Saturday in honor of the courageous servicemen and woman that were wounded or killed in action.
“Although it's dedicated to combat wounded, it's as much dedicated to the healing process as it is to the wounds” said Robert Clark, a Purple Heart Recipient.
Mike Targon is the commander of the Purple Heart Chapter 264. He said his chapter had a vision to erect this monument back in 2009. Now that it's in place he hopes it serves as a spot for people to reflect on the sacrifices our military made for this country.
“We hope they remember that what they have, people paid a price for, because freedom's not free” said Targon, a wounded Vietnam Veteran.
The monument sits along the Niagara River at Gratwick Riverside Park between the Marine Corps and Seabees Memorial. It’s an exact replica of the national Purple Heart monument.
North Tonawanda’s Mayor Robert Ortt said he hopes this monument is just the beginning of more to come.
“I would like to see this have other monuments whether its Army veterans, Navy veterans, Air Force veterans. We want to continue to make this a real destination for veterans not just in the Tonawanda’s, but across Western New York” said Mayor Ortt.
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There is another Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Thursday through early Friday.
Lake Effect Snow Warnings return today with the chance for an additional foot for some areas.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
Viewers sent in photos from the snowfall around Western New York.