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Kentucky National Guard memorial honors fallen soldiers and airmen

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It has taken nearly 10 years to make the Kentucky National Guard memorial a reality, but now hundreds of names are etched in stone on a new monument in Frankfort.

“You can come here and feel like you're with a part of your loved one that you lost,” said Rhonda Hardin, who attended the dedication to honor her son.

Rhonda Hardin's 28-year-old son never made it home from war. His name is on the memorial.

“Randy Sigley, Jr. He was my son and he died in 2010 in Afghanistan,” said Hardin.

He and 233 other men and women have their names etched into the memorial.

On Monday, a flyover, 21 gun salute, and the playing of taps all helped to remember those who died fighting for our country.

“I hope the names stop right here where they're at now. The last name her I wish it would be the last but I'm sure it won't be,” said Al Hardin, a veteran.

The memorial is located at the entrance of the Boone National Guard Center.

A statue of Daniel Boone overlooks the names of the fallen, with soil from every county in the state making up the foundation.

It's a sight to see for family and friends.

“It's heartwarming to have these people honor those guys in this way,” said Wilma Ross, the 1st Female Sgt. for the Kentucky National Guard.

On this day to remember those who gave their lives for our country, the new memorial will forever honor those that lost their fight.

“It is a fitting tribute for the fallen loved ones of everyone here who is touched by those losses, and it serves as a reminder to all of us that freedom isn't free,” said Lt. Governor Crit Luallen.

“As long as we got the Guard, there's gonna be sacrifices made. I just hope and pray it will never fill this wall up,” said Al Hardin.

The memorial is now open to the public for anyone to visit.

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