Lockport Fallen Heroes Memorial estimated to cost $350,000

By THOMAS PROHASKA | The Buffalo (N.Y.) News | Published: January 29, 2014

LOCKPORT – The committee working on construction of a Fallen Heroes Memorial for Lockport’s Outwater Park now estimates it will cost $350,000.

Anthony Sammarco, chairman of the committee, previously said $150,000 is the amount the committee seeks to raise from the public.

He said Tuesday that the committee already has applied for a grant from the Grigg-Lewis Foundation of Lockport and may seek Niagara River Greenway funding.

Sammarco said, “I know there are a couple of corporate approaches being made. Maybe they should be held in abeyance until we find out what’s going on (with Grigg-Lewis).”

He said he hopes that enough of the memorial’s “infrastructure and platform” can be completed in time to hold a dedication ceremony in October.

Norman D. Allen, city director of engineering and public works, said the notion of repairing an old, nonfunctioning fountain in the park and using it as the centerpiece of the memorial has been dropped.

A new fountain will be installed at the center of a round field of pavers, while boards listing the fallen heroes will stand on either side.

The artist’s rendering of the memorial shows 22 boards for inscriptions.

Craig Bacon, deputy Niagara County historian, who has the job of compiling the names of honorees, said he’s gone back to the Civil War and has more than 500 names.

The memorial is to honor all those who were born or lived in Lockport and died in military, police, fire or other service.

The rendering showed eight boards with cutout figures depicting Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, police, fire, rescue and “Good Samaritans.”

Some committee members objected that the Coast Guard and paramedics had been left out, so more cutout boards may be added. Phillip Lange, of Lockport, who roughed out the original design, said he had no problem with that.

A wooden trellis is to be erected over a boulder with a memorial plaque in it at the entrance to the memorial area.

Joe Prisaznuk, a 15-year-old Eagle Scout candidate, plans to build the trellis and said he has an estimate of $4,000 for materials.

Fred Matamoros color illustration of a memorial to a fallen soldier balancing helmet on gun set in boots.


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