The Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park honored one of its own on Saturday during the Louis R. Palma Veterans Tribute Awards Ceremony.
The Park unveiled a new display that includes the Army mess dress dinner jacket with medals, an array of photos and a portrait of Col. Patrick J. Cunningham, who died in March.
Cunningham, who grew up in Kenmore, spent 30 years in the Army before serving as executive director of the Naval and Military Park from 1993 until his death 24 years later. As executive director, he created the nation’s largest inland naval park and launched Buffalo’s initial Canalside waterfront attraction.
The exhibit will be in the Hangar Building for the remainder of the season and later moved to the USS Little Rock’s Chief of Staff office for permanent display.