Kentucky Guard Memorial continues to progress

Story by Sgt. Cody Stagner, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

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Wyatt Gragg guides a newly bronzed statue of Daniel Boone into position at the Kentucky National Guard Memorial site in Frankfort, Ky., Nov. 18, 2014. Gragg was commissioned to create the sculpture as the centerpiece of the memorial which is expected to be dedicated in the Spring of 2015. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Construction on the Kentucky National Guard’s Memorial continues at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Kentucky. The project remains on schedule for its Memorial Day dedication ceremony.

Visitors of BNGC and local passersby of the site will notice big changes from the past few months.

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John Trowbridge, chairman for the Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund, stands by the bronze statue of Daniel Boone at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ken., Dec. 5, 2014. Boone was chosen by the committee as a prominent feature for a memorial being dedicated to fallen Kentucky’s service members. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Cody Stagner)

“Work will continue to the holiday,” said John Trowbridge, chairman for the memorial. “We expect to break for Christmas and, weather permitting, we plan to finish it this spring.”

Trowbridge is also the original visionary of this project.

“I thought of this memorial in 2004,” said Trowbridge, former command historian for the Kentucky Guard. “It was right after our first casualty that year and I wanted to come up with a way to help our state remember those killed or captured.”

Trowbridge’s early passion for our Soldiers inspired teams of individuals. Finally, after a solid decade of planning and fundraising, his dream has become a reality.

A bronze statue of Daniel Boone, sculpted by Wyatt Gragg of Prospect, Kentucky, now acts as a centerpiece, in front of the Kentucky-shaped, granite memorial, recently shipped in from South Africa.

The concrete stairs leading up to the memorial are the most recent ongoing addition, while the granite tile flooring surrounding the two centerpieces is on the agenda for this spring.

Click here to read why Daniel Boone gained prominence as a key feature for the Kentucky National Guard Memorial.

As a reminder, Kentucky National Guard Memorial is still planning its dedication ceremony for 2 p.m. Memorial Day at Boone National Guard Center. Members of the public and family and friends of our fallen heroes are invited. For information, visit www.kyngmemorial.com.

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