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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The Kentucky National Guard Memorial is seeking the names of those who died while in service.
According to a press release, officials 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 day.
The Memorial has identified 148 fallen heroes, 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. Any information can sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kentucky National Guard Memorial will break ground on Monday, May 26th (Memorial Day) at 2 p.m. at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort. Family and friends of the fallen Kentucky Guard members are welcomed to attend the event.
Since 1912 thousands of men and women have served in the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard. Hundreds of these service men and women have perished on foreign battlefields, as well as in domestic settings. Some perished training to accomplish their state and federal missions. Many of their names have been lost to history along with the stories of their service.
The memorial is expected to cost an estimated $1.3 million 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.