Created by USMC – Vietnam Veteran and Artist Ralph Sirianni, this memorial will consist of three granite structures.
The first – an offset shape of an “I” representing Iraq and reminisicent of the World Trade Center towers.
The second – an offset “A” representing the mountains of Afghanistan.
The third – a “V” for Veterans honors those who died due to non-combat related causes.
An inscription on the back will recognize all Western New York residents who have served in these missions.
All will bear the names of the residents of the Western counties who have died as a result of the wars.