(Amherst, NY)---( release) Ground was broken today on the Amherst Veterans Memorial located in Amherst State Park off Mill Street in Williamsville. Deputy Supervisor Guy Marlette was the driving force behind this memorial. “Amherst wanted to honor the many generations of Veterans who have served 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 State Park Master Plan. The Amherst Veterans Committee, Amherst Historic Preservation Commission and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have all had opportunities for input over the past two years regarding the design.
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 Orzechowski Commander of the A. J. Jurek Post and Lt. Stephen Dally, USMC. The anticipated completion of the memorial is Summer 2011.