As the Commander of AMVETS Buddy Knaus Post No. 14 in the Town of Cheektowaga, Village of Depew, I would like to address an article that appeared in the Nov. 13 Buffalo News.
While fully supportive of seeing Nob Hill Park renamed the Neil Bateman Veterans Memorial Park. American Legion Post #1626 Commander Jerry Kowalski is quoted “We don’t have anything in Cheektowaga, except for a monument in Town Park.”
Just off the top of my head I can name four other Veteran memorial monuments within the Town of Cheektowaga. Two are right on Ellicott Road right across from the Towns municipal building, a World War I memorial dedicated Nov. 11, 1938, and a Vietnam memorial dedicated in 1970.
The town also has a very large veterans memorial at the corner of Harlem and Walden dedicated in 1953, as well as a veterans memorial in Buffalo Cemetery near the final resting place of our post namesake Richard “Buddy” Knaus, the first town resident to give his life in Vietnam. I am sure that there are scores of other veteran memorials throughout the town that I have not listed.
The Town of Cheektowaga and its veterans community and residents have a proud history in memorializing the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served our country in uniform.
Martin Bugaj, PDC