Memorial to honor fallen Kentucky Guard members
By 123rd Public Affairs Office, 123rd Airlift Wing
/ Published May 16, 2009
KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A group of Kentucky National Guard veterans and advocates is working to establish a memorial honoring all those who have served as citizen-Soldiers or citizen-Airmen -- and especially to honor those who perished in the line of duty.
The proposed memorial will be built at the entrance to Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort. It will consist of a plaza with a bronze statue of Daniel Boone resting on a pedestal made from an outcropping of Kentucky limestone.
The memorial also will contain panels featuring the names of Kentucky Guard members who died in the line of duty.
Organizers have identified 88 fallen Guardsmen to date and are researching fallen members who served in World War I, World War II and other conflicts.
The memorial will focus on the modern era, beginning with March 1912 when the state guard became known as the Kentucky National Guard.
"We want to make sure 20 years or even a hundred years from now, no one will have forgotten these Kentucky Guardsmen," said Memorial Fund Chairman John Trowbridge. "All those who have perished in the name of their nation and the Commonwealth deserve better."
For more information, contact the Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund Inc. via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or