TOWN OF WALES, N.Y. — Nearly 30 years after a Wales Park was named to honor a fallen local soldier, it finally received a sign reflecting his name.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz unveiled a sign Friday designating Hunter's Creek Park in honor of Sgt. Mark Rademacher.
Rademacher died in combat during the invasion of Grenada in 1983. Shortly thereafter, the Erie County Legislature made a resolution naming the park for the Wales Center native, but it wasn't followed with a sign.
Despite the error, the Rademacher family is pleased with the honor.
"In this park over the years, and the years to come, as trees grow older and the creek wears deeper into the stone banks, stop in the quiet just for a moment, now and then and remember," said Jane Rademacher, sister.
Rademacher was an avid outdoorsman and spent many hours hiking and climbing at the county conservation park.