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“The Battle Within” Monument Unveiling

May 27 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

“A tribute to those we will always carry, and to those we can no longer hold.”

Join us for a compelling ceremony on Memorial Day 2019 at the Buffalo Naval Park, where a new monument bringing awareness to PTSD will be unveiled. The statue will be situated at the Naval Park’s Heros Walk, between the Vietnam Monument and the Iraq/Afghanistan Monument. The ceremony will begin at 9:30am on Monday, May 27th, beginning on the Fantail of the USS Little Rock. Then at 10:30am in the Memorial Gardens at the Buffalo Naval Park, the monument unveiling will commence.

“It is our sincerest goal that this simple monument will help educate the public to this ongoing tragedy, provide a lifeline to the suffering, and honor our heroes for their service, regardless of where they died,” stated Mark Donnelly, the Harmonie Lodge No. 699 OM foundation’s president, who helped to get the initiative underway after one of the Masonic Brothers took his life while battling depression and post-traumatic stress after three deployments in Afghanistan.

After the Ceremony, a short performance by Buffalo Niagara Concert Band will immediately follow the proceedings. The performance is free and open to the public. Please feel free to bring your own folding lawn chairs and picnic blankets.


May 27
9:30 am - 12:00 pm


Buffalo Naval Park’s Heros Walk
1 Naval Park Cove
Buffalo, NY 14202 United States


Buffalo Naval Park
Masonic Harmonie Lodge No. 669