BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A hometown effort is now underway to make sure local heroes who have given their lives in the War on Terror will never be forgotten.
Supporters are now almost halfway to the $82,000 goal for making the Western New York Iraq-Afghanistan Memorial, which will feature three granite structures when completed.
"WNY I Am" organizer Dan Frontera said, "The 'I' for Iraq will bear the names of individuals we have lost in Iraq. It's 10-feet tall, three-feet wide, and one-foot thick. Behind that is an offset 'A' which is eight-feet tall and 14-feet long to represent Afghanistan, bearing the names of the individuals we lost there."
Marsha and Bill Dill lost their son Christopher in Iraq.
"I really, really think this monument is going to be a nice tribute," Marsha said. "[Our son was] just a nice, normal guy, had a nice job with the city fire department and he loved serving his country."
Christopher did one tour during Operation Desert Storm, and after 9/11 he was a reservist.
Bill said, "And [he] says, 'I'm not missing a fight, I'm going over there.' And that was him."
The Dills are one of 64 local families who lost someone in the War on Terror.
"We're all in the same boat but we're not feeling sorry for ourselves. We're just making sure someone remembers what they did," Bill said.
A few weeks ago, more than 200 people turned out for a fundraiser for this effort. Wednesday, more donations were made by Buffalo Police, Buffalo Firefighters, UB Police, Erie County Sheriff's Office, and the Buffalo Sabres, who will host a walk on October 20th.
Sabres Chief Development Officer Cliff Benson said, "A two-mile walk that will start at our arena and come right around the Naval Park here and back as a fundraising effort for the memorial. Please sign up for the walk. It's $30 to walk, so everybody can do it."
Once the $82,000 goal is reached, the "WNY I Am" Memorial could be completed by next Memorial Day.
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