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July 8, 2014

Monument to Wallenda's walk over the falls unveiled

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Will Nik Wallenda’s dream of a Niagara Falls-based attraction bearing his name ever become a reality?

During a dedication ceremony for a new monument in his honor on Goat Island this week, the usually upbeat Wallenda suggested that if he has his way, it will.

“We need the proper location and the proper backing,” Wallenda said during a press conference Monday.

“I’m a never-give-up kind of guy,” he added about the Falls location. “I know it’s hard for people to be patient.”

Wallenda’s historic walk across Niagara Falls happened more than two years ago now. He joined a crowd of dignitaries, community leaders and admirers on Monday near the brink of the falls on Goat Island to help unveil a monument that is now in place near where he took the first step on his journey over the water to Canada.

Wallenda accepted the honor by looking over his shoulder from the podium and paying tribute to those politicians who stood behind him.

“I couldn’t have done it without the gentlemen you see behind me,” he said.

Wallenda also said he and several members of his family and some longtime friends are enjoying their time at Darien Lake, where they are performing two shows a day for ten weeks this summer.

“After every performance at Darien Lake, I always say there will be a piece of my heart here in WNY forever,” Wallenda said. “Now it’s going to be set in stone.”

Not everyone was happy with the monument or its location.

Bob Baxter, chair of the conservation committee for the Niagara Heritage Partnership, a group that has been calling for the removal of the Robert Moses Parkway for years, questioned why laws in two countries, designed to prevent such stunting at the Falls, were changed for Wallenda.

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