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June 2013 Column - Sprague Brook Park Veterans Memorial Grove worthy of a visit this summer


Erie County Legislator John Mills announces that a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Outreach will be Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Evans Town Hall, in the courtroom, 8787 Erie Road, Angola. Interviews will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m....

The proposed 2016 Erie County budget holds the line on taxes and totals $1.6 billion. Starting next week, on Monday, Nov. 9, the Legislature will conduct budget hearings throughout the week with each of the departments to discuss their individual...

Together, the towns of Boston, Brant, Collins, Concord, Eden, Evans, North Collins, Orchard Park and Sardinia make up the district I represent in the Erie County Legislature. I represent the largest geographic area made up of 15 towns and...

Erie County Legislator John J. Mills and Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo are pleased to announce that the 9th annual West Falls-Colden Community Library Hot Dog Roast Fundraiser totaled $965 to support efforts to keep the branch open...

The Erie County Legislature Majority Caucus announces that a Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at various sites throughout the county. Residents are welcome to dispose of unwanted or...

oneilj - Posted on 02 July 2013

There are many symbols that are iconic with the Fourth of July but none more recognizable or important than the American Flag. On the holiday marking the founding of our country, we’ll see the flag proudly carried in parades, lining streets, displayed at homes, and elsewhere. We look to the flag as a symbol of freedom, and it tells a story of our country's history.  

There is one spot in particular where an American Flag proudly waves that is worthy of a visit this summer. You don't have to travel to Washington D.C. to see a notable monument that pays homage to our veterans. Veterans Memorial Grove in Erie County’s Sprague Brook Park in Glenwood is a moving tribute to all veterans, including the recently installed Vietnam veterans' wall. 

If you have never been by Memorial Grove, I encourage you to plan a visit to the park this summer. Set near a picturesque pond, the memorial includes a tall, stone memorial honoring all branches of the military and prisoners of war who are still missing in action. The dedication on the memorial reads, “Who they were, what they sacrificed and how much they loved each other.” Those words echo through my head when I visit the site.

In addition to the original stone memorial is the newly installed Vietnam veterans’ wall. It was created by a group of veterans that spent years planning the memorial to honor Erie County residents who were killed or are MIA in Vietnam. This past Memorial Day, a ceremony was held to dedicate the memorial and to invite residents to visit Veterans Memorial Grove to reflect and pay their respects.  

It took a great deal of effort for the volunteers to coordinate the addition of the Vietnam wall and I want to thank them for taking the time to ensure our community properly honored local soldiers who sacrificed their lives while serving. 

For directions to Sprague Brook Park, please visit the county's website at www.erie.gov/parks or contact my office at 858-8850 or email john.mills@erie.gov. While visiting the memorial, you will find hiking paths, camp sites, picnic areas and more to enjoy at the park.  

Communities throughout Erie County have erected impressive veteran memorials. From the downtown Naval Park to Springville’s Civil War Monument to Orchard Park’s veterans’ memorial in the village, we honor our bravest and remember the significant moments that have occurred over the past 237 years. Today we continue to all live under the guidance of the American Flag and I hope you all find a moment this holiday to reflect on what that means to you personally. 

I look forward to attending the many Fourth of July festivities planned in my district and wish you all a safe and happy Independence Day celebration. Please remember to thank our veterans and active servicemen and women.