On November 9, 2018, I attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the African American Veterans Monument. The memorial will be built in the Buffalo & Erie County Navel and Military Park with construction scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019. It will be a tribute to all African American veterans who served in all military branches from the Revolutionary War to the present. The monument will hold the distinction of being the first of its kind in the United States.
When the call went out to the community for opportunities to purchase an engraved commemorative brick in the memory of a loved one, I considered it an honor to be able to make two purchases. One for my father, PFC Willis B. Williams (1929-2011), who served during the Korean Conflict. The other for my uncle, Sargent Arthur Brown (1927-1986), who served during WWII.
Renditions of the planned African American Veterans Memorial in Buffalo NY