A site to honor the victims of the American Civic Association massacre is getting a needed touch up.
ACA Memorial Park has been located near the intersection of Front and Clinton Streets in Binghamton since 2012.
A prominent feature of the memorial is 13 glass birds that light up to represent the 13 victims of the shooting.
However, due to damage sustained to some of the birds, they have been temporarily removed to be repaired and reinforced.
David Marsland serves as the Project Coordinator for the ACA Memorial Park, his wife Hong Xiu was one of the people murdered on that day in April 2009.
He says the park is an essential reminder to the victim’s families and the community. “It was such a traumatic event a lot of people want to forget that it happened but we don’t want the people to forget. So that was the internal incentive to create the memorial to comfort the families and make sure their loved ones are remembered. We also wanted the community to be able to do something positive in response to what really generated world wide attention on the community. I think it symbolizes what this community stands for very nicely.”
Marsland says they also hope to install a walkway behind the park.
Right now he is fundraising to create a permanent trust fund to help preserve the park for years to come.
Those looking to donate to support the ACA Memorial Park can visit their Go Fund Me page.