Weekly Feature

2011-07-14 / Local News

Veterans Committee accepts ‘Buy a Brick’ phase two orders

The West Seneca Veterans Committee is now accepting the second round of orders for its “Buy a Brick” program.

More than 360 bricks were placed in the Walkway of Freedom this spring during phase one. The walkway is part of West Seneca Veterans Memorial Park, located between the library and Town Hall, 1250 Union Road.

Serving as a way to personally and permanently pay tribute to a veteran, bricks — they are 4-inch by 8-inch — can be purchased for $60 each. They may have two engraved lines up to 18 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation. For example, the veteran’s full name may be listed on the first line, and his or her rank, unit or conflict may go on the second line.

The named person must be a veteran, living or deceased, of any branch of the U.S. military — Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or Merchant Marine — serving during peacetime or wartime in any conflict. The logo of each veteran’s branch of service will also be engraved at no additional charge.

Forms to purchase and personalize a brick may be obtained at American Legion Post 735, located at 35 Legion Parkway, or the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8113 “Chicken Coop,” 299 Leydecker Road. Forms and payment must be returned to Post 735.

Chairman James Manley said the committee hopes to place another 300 bricks in the walkway by September. Deadline for purchasing a brick is Monday, Aug. 15. For more information, call 675-8817.

An individual must hold an honorable discharge or a discharge under honorable conditions, such as medical or family emergency, or be currently serving to qualify for a name to be added to the memorial. Also, there will be no restrictions for residency on veterans. This general policy is an attempt to be all-inclusive.

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