Arts/Culture
9:34 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Memorial Seeks Names Of Fallen Heroes

Credit Kentucky National Guard

If you know of a member of the Kentucky National Guard who died in the line of duty - the Kentucky National Guard Memorial needs your help. They are asking families and friends of the fallen to contact them and provide them with names.

They are seeking Kentucky Army or Air National Guard members who died in the line of duty from March 19, 1912 to the present. The Memorial has identified 148 but has more than 300 additional names to research. They are hoping that family and friends can suggest names they may not be aware of and add information to the names they have.

The Kentucky National Guard Memorial will break ground on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 at 2:00 p.m. at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort. Organizers hope family and friends of the fallen Kentucky Guard members will also join them for the event.  

Since 1912 thousands of men and women have served in the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard. Hundreds of them have perished with some on foreign battlefields, some on missions here in Kentucky to save fellow citizens from danger and disaster. Some perished training to accomplish their state and federal missions.

Sadly, many of their names have been lost to history along with the story of their service. The memorial is expected to cost an estimated $ 1,327,775 to construct. To date the Memorial Fund has raised a total of $983,453 in cash and in-kind support and needs another $ 562,536 to fully fund construction requirements.

The Memorial fund is an all-volunteer effort. For more information visit: http://www.GuardMemorial.com