Kentucky Wal-Mart stores are raising money to help pay for a Kentucky National Guard Memorial, the memorial's organizers said Saturday.
The Wal-Mart campaign will run through March 28, and leaders of the nonprofit Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund said they think it could bring in more than $100,000.
They hope to break ground for the memorial on Memorial Day outside the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort. The memorial is intended to honor past, current and future Kentucky National Guard soldiers and airmen.
"Just since Sept. 11, 2001, 18 Kentucky National Guard soldiers have given their lives in support of the global war on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan," Col. Charlie Jones, a memorial fund board member, said in a news release. "This memorial will not only remember these brave men, but it will also serve as a symbol that we, the citizens of Kentucky, will not forget any of our Guardsmen — even those who serve in years to come."
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The memorial fund raised $267,000 through events and corporate and individual contributions last year. The fund's organizers would like to raise $500,000 over the next 90 days, according to the release.