Kentucky National Guard Memorial officials seek names of guardsmen who died in the line of duty for the state memorial project, which is expected to begin construction next month.

Memorial officials hope families and friends of the fallen will contact them with names of Kentucky Army or Air National Guard members who died in the line of duty from March 19, 1912 to present. The Memorial organization has identified 148 names, but still has more than 300 additional names to research.

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Since 1912, thousands of men and women have served in the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard.

Hundreds of people have perished, some on foreign battlefields and some on missions in the state trying to save fellow citizens from danger and disaster, a press release from the Guard said. Many of those names have been lost to history along with the story of their service.

Officials will break ground on the project at 2 p.m. May 26, at the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort. Project members encourage family and friend of the fallen Kentucky Guard members to join them for the event.

The memorial is expected to cost more than $1.3 million. The memorial fund has raised more than $983,000 in cash and in-kind support for the construction costs.

The Kentucky National Guard Memorial fund is an all-volunteer effort.

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