Bird sculptures are being reinstalled at the ACA Memorial

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A memorial to one of the greatest tragedies in Binghamton history has been made whole again.

The glass birds have been remounted on their poles at the ACA Memorial Park at the corner of Front and Clinton Streets.

Sculptor Milon Townsend personally reinstalled the birds this morning using a bucket truck provided by the City’s Parks and Rec Department.

The 13 birds represent the 13 people who were massacred at the American Civic Association on April 3rd, 2009.

The birds, which illuminate at night, were removed prior to Christmas to repair some weather-related damage and to reinforce them.

Project Coordinator David Marsland lost his wife Hong Xiu in the shooting and was one of many relatives of the deceased who conceived of the memorial.

He’s establishing a trust fund with the help of the Community Foundation of South Central New York to cover regular maintenance going forward.

Marsland says, “Both public and private concerns came together, the City under both administrations have been extremely supportive.  We really appreciate everything they’ve done to preserve it.  We want to redouble that effort here on the 10th anniversary and create a situation where this is self-sustaining without having to dip into the tax coffers.”

While the fund at the Community Foundation is being established, Marsland has already launched a Go Fund Me campaign which has raised $725 so far.

Marsland says a 10th anniversary ceremony is being planned at the park for April 3rd.
 

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