35 Legion Parkway
West Seneca,
New York 14224
U.S.A.



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Post 735


Marine Corp. League
Detachment 239


Veterans of Foreign Wars
VFW Post 8113


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of America, Island X-5


AMVETS
Post 8113


Harvey D. Morin
VFW Post 2940


82nd Airborne






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    Walkway of Freedom




Walkway Timeline



  November 2010        Dedication of Veterans Memorial Park  
  June 2011      First batch of bricks placed in Walkway  
  September 2011      Second batch of bricks placed in Walkway  
  May 2012      Third batch of bricks placed in Walkway  
  Spring 2012        Six veteran's benches placed along Walkway  
  November 2012        Gold Star Mothers plaque dedicated  
  April 2013      10 ft x 10 ft Gazebo built  
  May 2013      Three Pathways added  
  May 2013      Fourth batch of bricks placed in Walkway  
  April 2014      Signs placed along Pathways  
  May 2014      Fifth batch of bricks placed in Walkway  
  Summer 2014        Two veteran's benches placed along Pathways  
  October 2014      Learning Station sign posts placed along Pathways  
  May 2015      Flower Beds for Community Garden created  
  May 2015      Sixth batch of bricks placed in Walkway  
  May 2016      Seventh batch of bricks placed in Walkway  
  May 2016      Second year for Community Gardens  
  October 2016      300 bricks removed for library expansion  
  November 2016      Gatling Gun placed in storage during construction  



History:









Model 1897 Gatling Gun

    In 1897, the Colt Firearms Manufacturing Company produced 94 Model 1897 10 barrel 30-caliber Gatling Guns for the United States Army. These guns were delivered to the Army on August 29, 1897. It is purported that U.S. Army Lt. Joh Parker, Vth Army Mobile Gun Detachment, had four of these gatling guns on San Juan Hill and Santiago in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Out of the four, only three actually were used.


     

    In 1922, a Model 1897 Gatling Gun was donated to the Town of West Seneca and accepted by then Town Supervisor, Henry C. Lein. The gun was stored in several locations and not properly maintained, falling into disrepair.

    In 2003, the gun was restored by Patrick Finnegan, Ron Fultz, Roger Harris, Ed Kowalewski, and Rich Reimers. The restored gun was displayed for a short period of time and then stored in the West Seneca Highway garage.



    In 2010, the Veterans Memorial Park was dedicated, making the park the perfect place to publicly display the gatling gun. On May 4, 2012 under the direction of Supervisor Sheila Meegan and Highway Superintendent Matt English, the gatling gun was moved to a concrete pad in Veterans Memorial Park, near Town Hall, creating a permanent home for this historical piece of military armament.


     









Honoring All Those Who Served


Master Alphabetical Brick Listing


    The link below is an Alphabetical Listing of all Veterans Bricks in the Walkway of Freedom, the Path of Glory and the Path of Courage.



    KEY:


    WOF – Walkway of Freedom

    POG – Path of Glory

    POC – Path of Courage




    Walkway of Freedom:

    Row numbers start with the first Veteran’s brick closest to the American Flag and counts up towards the parking lot (East to West).
    Brick numbers start to the left hand side of each row.

    Helpful Hint:  There are 96 rows of bricks. If your brick is in the higher row numbers, start from the last row of 4 inch x 8 inch bricks and count upwards toward the flag to find the row you are seeking.


    WALKWAY OF FREEDOM
    Note: Only whole bricks are counted in the numbering system.





    Path of Glory:

    Row numbers start with the first row of blank bricks to the east of the Gazebo. Row numbers go up from the gazebo to the next path (West to East).
    Brick numbers start to the left hand side of each row.

    Helpful Hint:  There are 202 rows of engraved bricks. If your brick is in the higher row numbers, start from the last row of 4 inch x 8 inch engraved bricks and count backwards toward the gazebo to find the row you are seeking.


    Path of Courage:

    Row numbers start with the first row of blank bricks to the north of the Path. Row numbers go up from north to south (Town Hall to Library).
    Brick numbers start to the left hand side of each row.



PATH OF GLORY
PATH OF COURAGE

Note: Only whole bricks are counted in the numbering system.




Click here to view the Master Alphabetical Brick Listing







Veterans Day
Walkway of Freedom 

November 11, 2011









Notes of Interest:

  • Branches of Service represent in the Walkway:   ArmyMarine Corps.NavyAir ForceSeabeesCoast GuardMerchant Marines

  • Purple Heart recipients, former POW’s, and Silver Star recipients are honored in the Walkway

  • Bricks honor veterans who have served in conflict here and around the world:   Civil WarWorld War IPearl HarborWorld War IIKoreaBerlin CrisisVietnamGrenadaPanamaBosniaSomaliaIraqAfghanistan

  • West Seneca residents who served in Iraq/Afghanistan and were Killed in Action:

    • West Seneca West Senior High School graduate Daniel J. Shaw joined the Army in July 2004 and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Divison out of Fort Carson, Colorado. Sergeant Shaw was deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving in a combat area from January to August 2005 in Iraq and returned for a second deployment in October 2006. Sergeant Daniel J. Shaw, age 23, was killed in action in Taji, Iraq on November 5, 2007. He had earned numerous awards, including the Army Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Iraqi Campaign Medal.

    • Army Spc David L. Roustum – 22 KIA on November 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq when his armored Humvee was attacked by enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. Spc. Roustum was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, Tonawanda, NY

    • Marine Corps. Sergeant Frank World – 25, KIA on 1 April 2010 when his armored vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb. Sgt. World was assigned to the 2nd Light Armed Reconnaissance Battalion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom

  • As of May 20, 2016, there are a combined 1,744 engraved veteran's bricks placed in the Walkway of Freedom, Path of Glory and the Path of Courage

  • Brick orders received from outside New York:   Tracy, California – Estill, Tennessee – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – Daytona Beach, Florida – Sarasota, Florida – Frisco, Texas – Chicago, Illinois – Stamford, Connecticut – Manchester, Pennsylvania – Sterling, Virginia – Hagerstown, Maryland – Las Vegas, Nevada – Holt, Michigan – Citrus Heights, California – Mishawaka, Indiana – Sun Lakes, Arizona – Stephens City, Virginia – Little River, South Carolina – Memphis, Tennessee – Foster City, California –Schaumburg, Illinois – Littleton, Colorado – Fort Myers, Florida – Smyrna, Georgia – Plattsmouth, Nebraska

  • Brick honoring Civil War soldier:   John Smith from Olean, New York enlisted in the Union Army on 2 September 1862 joining Camp E, 48th Regular Infantry, New York State. Corporal Smith went Missing in Action on 7 May 1864 after being captured and held as a prisoner of war at the infamous Confederate Andersonville Prison in Georgia. Corporal Smith died in prison of dysentery on 3 September 1864 at the age of 27 years old. A returning soldier on foot stopped at the Smith home as Mrs. Smith, the wife of John Smith, was hanging out the laundry to tell her that her husband had died in prison. John Smith left behind 3 sons and 1 daughter

  • The Walkway of Freedom was featured on the WGRZ-TV Daybreak show on Veterans Day, November 11, 2011





Construction begins on Walkway - June 1, 2011
     

First batch of bricks placed in Walkway - July 19, 2011


Second batch of bricks placed in Walkway - October 24, 2011
     

Second batch of bricks placed in Walkway - October 24, 2011



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