LOCKPORT -- "I have a son who was killed in Iraq in 2009," Nelson Jex said.
To remember fallen heroes who once called the Lockport home a memorial site is now shovel ready near the Outwater Park overlook.
"Others wanted to name streets and bridges after him, I didn't really want that but this here this is the way to go."
At one point other family members presented the idea to remember us army specialist Albert Jex with a bridge in Jexes name. The idea was not approved by city council.
Then there was Buffalo Police Officer Patty Parete who died in February from her injuries she suffered seven years ago, when she was shot and paralyzed after responding to a robbery.
Friends came up with the idea to name Rogers Avenue Park after her, but that too was turned down by city council.
A memorial will honor and include all fallen heroes from the Lockport area.
"Is everyone on the same page with this? We've seen such an outpouring of support with this --what we've seen is there's so many people who've fallen in the line of duty, providing various services."
The deputy county historian is currently researching all the individuals who've fallen in the line of duty from the area. So far 500 fallen heroes have been identified.
"The all need to be remembered. So rather than just single out one over the other... We have a place where we can remember everybody."
The fallen hero's memorial will include a fountain center piece bench and plaques with the fallen hero's names on them.
"I'm not at all upset -- I'm thrilled to death."
Joe Dipasquale is happy with the memorial after naming a park after his friend Patti Parete fell through He just glad all fallen heroes will be remembered.
"This thing should've been donated and done a long time ago. So that is the only thing that bothers me if anything. Is that this is starting to get more complicated than it should be and that makes me a little leery."