North Collins American Legion Post 1640, in conjunction with Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 3 NY, built the North Collins Veterans Tribute in North Collins, N.Y. The group was led by president James Lint, a member of Post 1640, who began discussing the idea at a town board meeting five years ago. The tribute is made up of bricks honoring those who served with a star in the center representing the different branches of the military. The monument was dedicated June 15, 2019.
“If it wasn’t for our military, we couldn’t live the lifestyle we live,” said Lint, coordinator for the North Collins Veterans' Tribute project. “I was in the Air Force, I had two brothers in the military, and uncles and cousins as well. We fought for a better life and, if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have that.”
Richard Williamson, financial secretary of Bricklayers Local 3 NY, said, “Several officers of BAC 3 NY and members of the Buffalo Chapter were able to give back some well-deserved appreciation to local veterans as they installed brick pavers for the North Collins Veterans Tribute. The project is located just south of Buffalo on Rt. 62, which is the Veterans Memorial Highway. The Tribute consisted of a 5 point star, with each point of the star designated for one of each branch of the United States Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps. and Coast Guard. A flag of each branch stands at the point of the stars. Families and friends were able to purchase beautifully engraved brick pavers in honor or in memory of those who sacrificed and served our country. A polished granite monument in the shape of a V for Victory with a pair of hands holding a bowl with an eternal flame sits in the center of the Tribute. It was a small labor of love for those who have given so much.”