In 2010, Russell J. Salvatore built a Memorial Park in front of his restaurant titled, Patriots and Heroes Park. Mr. Salvatore built this park to honor veterans and first responders. The park includes a variety of statues to show respect to those who have fallen for our country and monuments from around the United States of America. The pieces to that show our history include a replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a statue of the Archangel Michael, a tribute to The Battle of the Bulge, a memorial to the victims of Flight 3407, and a reproduction of the flag-raising on the ruins of the World Trade Center. The monuments from around our country include a miniature Golden Gate Bridge, a Statue of Liberty, an Empire State Building, and Niagara Falls.
The morning of March 2nd someone decided to take a metal bar to these precious monuments. They damaged lights, flags, and displays such as the “Battle of the Bulge”, “America The Land We Love”, and “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier”. Mr. Salvatore was heartbroken from hearing this news but, just like Buffalo always has, we showed an outpouring of love. The nickname of ‘City of Good Neighbors’ never falls short; people came out and helped clean up the area. These art pieces are especially important to Mr. Salvatore due to his friend Donald R. Parrino designing them. Mr. Salvatore has already begun to repair his park so that it will be back to its original glory.
Written by Sara Dembski