BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - As Western New York honors veterans, who served both in times of war and peace, a small group of veterans are shifting focus to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial will be set up near other war memorials at Buffalo's Naval and Military Park along the Inner Harbor.
"It's a way for us to remember and honor and pay tribute to the 65 individuals from the eight Western New York counties that we've lost in Iraq and Afghanistan in service since Sept. 11, 2001," said Dan Frontera, one of the people organizing the new memorial.
It's a way for us to have healing for our fellow vets and to let these families know that we will never forget the sacrifices of their families and their loved ones," he said.
"It's critically important," he added. "Thousands of WNYers served and these 64 young men and one young lady made the ultimate sacrifice for our country so that we can come and be part of sporting events, we can have picnics, we can live in a country that's free."
The group needs $100,000 to break ground and is at 70 percent of goal.