Another Voice: Naval Park needs donors to help preserve history
Source: The Buffalo News
By: Patrick Cunningham and Donald Alessi
Date: January 13, 2017
For over three decades, the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park sat as downtown’s lone waterfront attraction. Now Buffalo’s waterfront is the place to be, year-round.
Buffalo boasts the world’s largest inland naval park. In addition to our three major ships, there are 13 memorials, tanks, planes and helicopters, and our Wall of Honor. Our museum contains exhibits from World War II, the Civil War, the War of 1812 – and soon, World War I – all honoring our veterans’ sacrifices.
Since opening in 1979, the park has hosted over 1,000 reunions, corporate/private parties, veterans’ honor ceremonies and U.S. citizenship ceremonies. Over 75,000 Scouts/Sea Cadets have slept aboard our ships, and our Memorial Walk of Heroes and Promenade attracts over a million annual visitors.