(image above is rendering of planned first African American Veterans Monument the will be located in Buffalo Ny)
Today Americans everywhere pause to observe Veterans Day.
This year, the African American Veterans Monument Committee celebrates Veterans Day quietly reflecting on the sacrifices made by African American Veterans while continuing to advance the Monument’s construction despite unpredicted challenges and setbacks.
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, administrative delays have caused the construction schedule and dedication of the Monument to be pushed back to 2021. However, the Committee recently learned that New York State’s Finance Committee approved the release of construction funds that will be released once the New York State Dormitory Authority (DASNY) operations resume; a promising step forward.
“We’re still moving forward,” said Warren Galloway, chair of the African American Veterans Monument Committee.
“Our plans for 2020 were dramatically shifted because of COVID-19, but we are confident about the Monument’s construction. Our committee has met virtually since March and are wholeheartedly working to make our vision a reality for so many deserving servicemen and women.”
The Monument will be located at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo and will recognize the contributions of African Americans who have served and are currently serving in all five branches of the military, during war and in peace times.
African Americans have fought in all 12 of the United States’ military conflicts, beginning with the Revolutionary War in 1775.
To date, approximately $1.6 million has been raised for the project, with significant donations from New York State, Erie County, the City of Buffalo and countless community-based organizations and corporate sponsors.
A committee of African American Veterans and historians have led the planning for the African American Veterans Monument with the support and convening of the office of New York State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes.