NIAGARA FALLS, NY -- A number of government officials, contractors and friends welcomed Nik Wallenda and his family back to the falls Monday to unveil a new monument commemorating his June, 2012 high wire walk across Niagara Falls.
The site of the monument is near the spot where Wallenda stepped off on his famous journey that captured the international media spotlight.
"Nik Wallenda's crossing of the Niagara Falls gorge was an awe-aspiring performance that was seen by millions of people from around the globe. It helped to put Niagara Falls back on the map as a preeminent tourist destination," said Assemblyman John Ceretto (R,C,I-Lewiston). "This monument is not only a testament to his courage and dedication to his craft—but it sends a message that like Nik, we, too, are committed to achieving our goals of revitalizing our local tourist industry."
Mark W. Thomas, Western District Director for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, reminded everyone of Wallenda's mantra, 'Never Give Up,' and hopes that millions of visitors will be captivated by what Wallenda did.
The monument consists of a boulder from the Niagara River Gorge, to which is affixed a commemorative plaque, as well as a section of the actual wire Nik Wallenda traversed during the June 2012 walk.