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Honor guard watch to build up to dedication of WNY Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial

The Western New York Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Sept. 13 after a two-day honor guard watch beginning Sept. 11.

The memorial, situated on Buffalo’s waterfront near the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, features three polished granite structures. The first, in the shape of an “I,” represents Iraq and is designed to be reminiscent of the World Trade Towers. The second, in the shape of an “A,” represents the mountains of Afghanistan. The third, in the shape of a “V,” stands for “veterans” and lists the names of those who served in the two wars and died from non-combat-related causes. An inscription on the back will honor all in Western New York who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and all three structures will bear the names of those who died as a result of the wars.

The honor guard watch will begin with first responders at 8:46 a.m. Sept. 11 – the exact time United Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. At noon Sept. 12, the first-responder honor guard will hand over its watch to a military honor guard made up of members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.