All Hands On Deck
For more than 40 years, the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park has fulfilled its purpose to Honor, Educate, Inspire and Preserve. To honor veterans, military and military families; to educate about the value of service and sacrifice in defense of freedom; to inspire a sense of patriotism and a desire to serve one’s country in protecting the right to liberty and justice for all; and to preserve the military artifacts entrusted to our care.
The Park fulfills its important purpose with support from volunteers, corporate sponsors, foundations and individual donors that all share our beliefs. Each year, the Park welcomes more than 150,000 visitors from all 50 states in our great country and 110 countries around the world.
As the largest inland Naval and Military Park in the country, the Park holds a special place in our hearts and our nation’s history. While we welcomed visitors back to the Park this summer, youth encampment programs were cancelled and special events were limited. These activities provide a significant portion of our operating revenues and unfortunately, operating revenues are down and the Park needs our support.
Without donor support, we may not have made it through the year. Today, I am asking you to make a contribution to the 2022 All Hands On Deck Campaign. Your donation will directly support Park operations including personnel costs, ship maintenance, and general operating expenses during the year.
For each contribution of $100 or more you’ll receive a specially minted, limited edition 2022 All Hands On Deck challenge coin. Only 1,000 of these individually numbered challenge coins were minted. This is the second challenge coin in our All Hands On Deck series.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, volunteer docents, and all the active military and veterans that have toured the Park over the years, thank you and God Bless America!
David Gregory Bellavia, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient