Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
AFRICAN AMERICAN VETERANS MONUMENT; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 125
(House of Representatives - July 25, 2018)
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[Pages H7170-H7171] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] AFRICAN AMERICAN VETERANS MONUMENT (Mr. HIGGINS of New York asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. HIGGINS of New York. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the work of a committee in western New York dedicated to constructing the only monument in the Nation honoring African Americans who served in the United States military during times of war. This long-overdue tribute acknowledges the selfless sacrifice of our veterans, many of whom served our Nation while being denied equal rights at home. The African American Veterans Monument, to be located in the Buffalo and Erie County Military Park, will feature 12 illuminated black pillars, representing U.S. military conflicts, and is designed to give visitors an experience that is reflective, educational, and inspirational. The monument is being designed by a local, young, talented artist, Jonathan Casey. I have asked the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to collaborate with local project leaders on this first-in-the-Nation African American Veterans Memorial. Mr. Speaker, I commend the veterans, the artist, and New York State [[Page H7171]] Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, who have dedicated themselves to making this monument a reality. It is a long-overdue recognition of those who served proudly and courageously. ____________________