About the Clarence Veteran’s Memorial
The Town of Clarence Veteran’s Memorial is dedicated to the millions of United States Military Veterans who have served and continue to serve our country.
This memorial is overseen and provided by the Clarence Rotary Foundation, in conjunction with the support and project management from the Town of Clarence.
The site is located at the Clarence Main Street Town Park (10405 Main Street, Clarence NY 14031), in front of the historic Clarence Town Clubhouse. A memorial fountain, with names of Clarence residents killed in action, is at the center of the site, with five surrounding granite walls that include nearly 500 Veterans honoring their service to our country. The modest height of the panels serves to blend into the historic nature of the surrounding landscape. Enduring materials were chosen for the memorial; granite forever stone ensures the preservation of this tribute.
Honor Wall Veterans have the following information for their listing:
It is highly encouraged to share further information, including the Veteran’s bio and photo to be added to this website, and for archive purposes. This information can be submitted with the Veteran Registration. If you have already registered a Veteran, but would still like to send a photo and bio, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our contact page for online submission.
The pursuit for creating the Clarence Veteran’s Memorial started soon after the recent loss of Captain Andrew D. Byers, a longtime Clarence resident, honor student and star athlete. After graduating from the United States Military Academy in 2008, and serving over eight years with several overseas trips with the United States Armed Forces, Captain Byers was killed in action in Afghanistan, while performing rescue efforts to save his platoon from enemy fire in November 2016.
After his funeral services, Andrew’s twin sister, Lauren, commented how there was no place to go to honor and remember the names of the soldiers of Clarence, New York.
With that being said, the Clarence Rotary Foundation took action and create a permanent gathering place where tribute can be paid to Clarence residents, relatives, friends, and fellow Americans who served.
This project is lead by:
Special thanks to:
John Roffo Oishei II Charitable Trust
Clarence Citizens for Veterans
Stone Art Memorial Company
American Legion Post 838
Amigone Funeral Home
Clarence Veterans Memorial Committee Members
Patrick Casilio – Clarence Town Supervisor
Peter DiCostanzo – Clarence Deputy Supervisor
Chrissy Casilio-Bluhm – Project Chairman, Casilio Communications
Paul Justinger – Nickel City Insurance
George Emerling – Emerling Insurance Agency
Anne Gaume – Key Bank
Martin Helowicz – Clarence Citizens for Veterans
Joe Helowicz – Clarence Citizens for Veterans
Courtney Creenan – Project Architect, Buffalo Architecture Foundation