African American Veterans Monument Receives $50,000 Donation from Catholic Health
Immediate Release via African American Veterans Monument WNY
The recently announced African American Veterans Monument to be located at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park is the recipient of a $50,000 donation from Catholic Health to aid in the construction of the monument. Mark Sullivan, President & CEO of Catholic Health, and several African American Veterans who now work at Catholic Health, visited the monument site this morning to present the donation.
“As we stand here today and look around, our freedom has been defended by the brave men and women whose stories are represented by each monument and memorial on these grounds. However, there is an important part of this history, not only in our community, but throughout the United States that is missing – honoring our African American Veterans,” Sullivan said. “This very important untold story needs to be memorialized for generations to come, and Catholic Health is honored to be a part of telling that story.”
The donation adds to Catholic Health’s strong support of the Western New York region. Catholic Health employs and supports Veterans after they’ve completed their service and return to their lives at home. Dozens of African American Veterans are employed throughout Catholic Health and their donation to the African American Veterans Monument honors their service to our country.
“We are grateful to Catholic Health for their support of this project,” said Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes. “They have a strong commitment to the Western New York community and its veterans and we are proud to have them as a partner on this long overdue honor to African American Veterans.”
Announced on Veterans Day 2017, The African American Veterans Monument 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.
“The committee has worked tirelessly to develop the plans for the African American Veterans Monument,” said Warren Galloway, Committee Chair. “This donation is huge and will allow us to begin construction. We are still in need of additional funding to close the gaps, so we urge the community and both private and public sectors to support its completion.”
Construction of the Monument will begin in the spring of 2019 once the fundraising goal is met. The design of the African American Veterans Monument, created by Solid 716, boasts 12 black 10-foot concrete pillars that represent each of the country’s 12 military conflicts; African Americans have fought in each of the 12 conflicts.