FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Families of fallen Kentucky National Guard soldiers and airmen have been waiting for this day for a while.
"I was surprised that the state didn't really have a memorial like this," said Lynn Romans. Her son, Darrin Potter was killed in Iraq in 2003.
There is no memorial dedicated to the fallen members of the Kentucky National Guard. Ten years ago, a group of volunteers decided they'd change that.
"We sat down and started penciling out some ideas. That was in '04 and this is where we're at today," said John Trowbridge.
Volunteers put shovels into the dirt and broke ground today on the Kentucky National Guard Memorial ten years after those first cocktail napkin sketches.
"I'm tickled to death where we are right now and beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel," said Trowbridge.
"We're almost there now so it's going to be really exciting to see construction start," said Romans.
Volunteers are still working to confirm all the names that will go onto the memorial. The official count is 151, but they expect the final number will be nearly 500.
"These young people have given their all and the Guard recognizes that and recognizes the importance and tries to show that to the people. It's really important that we don't forget their sacrifice," Romans said.
Volunteers hope to have the memorial finished by Veterans Day in November. The memorial is expected to cost about $1.3 million. Volunteers are still raising money.