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Veterans Memorial to get another wall for new names

Another wall will be added to the Town of Tonawanda Veterans Memorial to accommodate the overflow of names submitted for recognition.

Once built, there will be plenty of room to spare.

"We have over 250 names now that are waiting to go on," Councilman Daniel J. Crangle, co-chairman of the Veterans Memorial Steering Committee, reported at last week's Town Board work session.

The Kenney Field memorial, paid for by private donors, bore the names of several hundred veterans from the Ken-Ton community when it was dedicated last August. That number has grown to approximately 1,000, filling the original 12 plaques.

Fred W. Kubus of Carmina Wood Morris, the Buffalo architectural and engineering firm that donated its service in designing the memorial, briefed lawmakers last week on the planned expansion.

The new wall will mirror the design of the original arc. It will be built behind it and encompass a broader area.

"It would be the same shape . . . as the front side," Kubus said. "It makes better use of the site."

The new wall will hold 22 plaques with room for approximately 2,200 names. While plaques on the original are affixed inside the curve, they will be on the outside on the new wall.

The estimated cost of the expansion is $90,000.

"We do have money on hand now," Crangle said, citing a $75,000 balance in a capital reserve.

The board voted Monday to seek additional funding through a Department of State grant, and to put the project out to bid. While the memorial has been privately funded, the town has served as a liaison for various aspects of its development.

Crangle said July 4 is the target completion date for the new wall.

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