Adj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini joined hundreds of current and former National Guard members and their friends and family Monday in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Kentucky National Guard Memorial at Boone National Guard Center.
Nearly 10 years in the making, the Kentucky National Guard Memorial will honor about 500 soldiers and airmen who have given their lives in the line of duty, both here at home and abroad.
The memorial is expected to be complete in time for a dedication ceremony on Veterans Day.
Funding for the memorial is coming from private donations and corporate grants. According to the memorial’s website, volunteers had raised more than $1 million toward a goal of approximately $1.3 million as of May 14.
The memorial will feature a 22-foot wide granite stone bearing the names of Kentucky National Guard soldiers who have died in the line of duty. The memorial will also include a 9.5-foot tall, solid bronze Daniel Boone statue and a 70-foot wide circle of pavers volunteers are calling the “sacred space.”
It will have a separate entrance and its own parking, Joshua Witt, a volunteer and committee member with the Kentucky National Guard Memorial, told The State Journal earlier this year.