One Naval Park Cove
Buffalo, New York 14202
In 2003 a new public esplanade opened to display monuments to veterans and serve as a backdrop to the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park. Shaded sitting areas and open lawn areas serve as the location for memorial services and annual vigils conducted by various veterans groups. The walkway is intended to be a reflective area and is separate from the main esplanade along the water.
Eight monuments, have been reinstalled in the park: Pearl Harbor Monument, Submarine Veterans Monument, Korean War Memorial, Marine Corp Vets, Merchant Marine Monument, the new Civil War monument and the new Polish WWII Veterans memorial. Adjacent and related to Veterans Park is the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, the largest inland naval park of its kind in the United States. It is also the home to the guided missile cruiser USS Little Rock (CLG-4), destroyer USS The Sullivans (DD-537) and Submarine USS Croaker (SSK-246). The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, a not-for-profit organization operating under a management agreement with the City of Buffalo, opened to the public on June 30, 1979. It offers visitors educational and interesting facts pertaining to the history of wars, including the opportunity to actually experience how mariners and submariners lived and carried out their patriotic duties to their nation. Currently a new $3 million building is under construction for the museum and is expected to be open for the 2007 season. USS The Sullivans is a National Historic Landmark.