KY National Guard breaks ground on new memorial - WDRB 41 Louisville News

KY National Guard breaks ground on new memorial

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --It's a permanent place for Kentucky's citizen soldiers and airmen to live on with dignity and honor.

Lynn Romans will never forget the day she laid her son, Sgt. Darrin Potter to rest 11 years ago. The memory bounces back on days like today. Romans explains, "
He was the first Kentucky Guardsmen killed in action since Vietnam."

Sergeant Darrin Potter's name will be etched along side his brothers and sisters from the Kentucky National Guard on a new memorial to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Romans joined with other family members of fallen heroes on Memorial Day to celebrate the groundbreaking.

Kentucky National Guard Major General, Edward Tonini said, "It's hard to believe when you think about it that a memorial to fallen Kentucky Guard troops was not already in place."

Designs show the monument will feature Daniel Boone standing tall in front of a 22 foot sculpture of the Commonwealth. It will peer out onto U.S. 127 from the front of the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort.

The project took 10 years and 1.3 million dollars to get off the ground, much of which is still being raised. More than the money, leaders need the names of Kentucky National Guard soldiers and airmen and women who have died in the line of duty since 1912. They hope to place 500 names on the monument but 350 of them still need to be gathered because history has lost their stories. Organizer Joshua Witt said, "
Every community has guardsmen represented in it. We have over 44,000 people touched by the Kentucky National Guard and so this memorial is important so that their sacrifice is never forgotten. More importantly it's memorialized for the future because the work of the guard is ongoing. Witt is asking the public to fill in the holes that time lost and bring forward documents of their loved ones service."

Romans said her son died a heroes death. Sgt. Potter's name is already on the list. "This will continue that legacy so that years down the road those who were lost in the line of duty will not be forgotten. They will be remembered."

Coordinators hope to have enough names gathered to dedicate this memorial by Veterans day.

If you have documentation and information an a Kentucky National Guard troop killed in the line of duty email
info@kyngmemorial.com



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