The Friends of the Harlem Vet Center sponsored a meet and greet to announce their proposal to erect a memorial wall in the plaza of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building for veterans in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx.

“We feel this is an ideal time and appropriate manner to honor the veterans of Upper Manhattan and the Bronx,” said Walter Bridgers, team leader of Harlem Vet Center. “While our veterans serve multiple tours, their sacrifice is one which they and their loved ones carry with them for the rest of their lives.”

In attendance were veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan. Representatives of several local and nationwide businesses as well as nonprofit veterans organizations also attended. Korean War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Rep. Charles B. Rangel, City Council Member Inez Dickens and world-renowned martial artist, actor and Vietnam veteran Ron van Clief (“The Black Dragon”) are all supporters of the project and were speakers at the event. The affair was co-sponsored by the Incarcerated Vets Consortium.