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BUFFALO, NY - Getting a memorial to those who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, built at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, took a big step toward completion this week.

Thanks in part to a donation from the Basil Family of Dealerships.

The Western New York Iraq Afghanistan Memorial; WNY I AM was the idea of a group of veterans and supporters who knew it was about time to recognize those who served in those wars.

The monument was designed by artist, and veteran, Ralph Sirianni.

Made of red granite, the three stone memorial will stand in the park along sidethose of other conflicts in which Western New Yorkers fought and died.

Channel Two Photojournalist Dooley O'Rourke explains how the two groups came together.

Watch the story in the viewer above.