African American Veterans Monument Breaks Ground


Walter Cole remembers his military service like it’s always on the top of his mind.

“United States Army. 1969-70. Long Bihn, Vietnam. The depot.”

He even knows exactly how long he served: 11 months, four days and eight hours.

A former United States Army Sergeant from Buffalo, Cole is proud of the history of which he’s a part.

“We, African Americans, have served in every conflict this country has had,” he said.

That’s why Friday’s groundbreaking for the African American Veterans Monument at the Naval and Military Park in Buffalo bears so much significance.

“It means a lot that we will finally get the recognition that we deserve,” he said.

Many call the tribute the first of its kind in the country to represent all conflicts and all branches of the military, and local veterans like the Rev….

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