Tonawanda News — A tour of the park with Mayor Rob Ortt and city engineer Dale Marshall last week led to the decision to construct the four-foot-by-four-foot monument near a footpath adjacent to River Road. A bench will also be put in place while the city may contribute flowers and lighting. The addition of the monument has full approval of the council, according to Ortt.
Construction is expected to begin in August.
Mike Targon, commander of the local chapter and a Vietnam veteran who was wounded in combat said that the mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives and provide service to all veterans and their families.
“Our goal as a local chapter has been to gain recognition for all wounded and killed veterans of all wars,” he said. “To that end we have spent the last three years working to erect a Purple Heart Monument in our area, similar to the one which is located at the Servicemen’s and Naval Park in Buffalo. We are pleased to be able to achieve our goal by placing one in the North Tonawanda Veterans Park to provide the well deserved recognition for these veterans.”Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.