Our goal is preserve the legacy of the men and women who have given their all for our freedom and our promise is that we will never forget.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (PRWEB) February 02, 2012
According to Tonya Evans, CEO and founder of the AFWMF, a Kansas City, Kansas, park located off the 38th street exit at the junction of Interstates I-70 and 635 is about to become hallowed ground. The park, donated by the city of Kansas City, KS is soon to be home to a new memorial for our nation’s fallen warriors.
The groundbreaking date is expected to be within months with an expected completion date in time for a 9/11, 2014 dedication ceremony. City leaders say that the memorial will be big, covering over 20 acres of land and costing around $30 million. Gold Star Families across the country, those that have lost a service man or woman on active duty, are already rallying support for the memorial. School children and Veterans Organizations can also get involved by raising funds though a program called My Thank You Coins whereby the collection of spare change adds up to make a huge difference.
The American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation says that the location was chosen because it sits high on a bluff and will be easily seen for literally miles around. A prominent feature of the memorial are it's twin towers, a tribute to 9/11, rising 130 feet above a massive five pointed granite star with beams of light shooting skyward from their tops.
Tonya Evans explains that draped between the towers will be one of the nation's largest American flags. "This memorial will be seen from downtown Kansas City and for miles in every direction," she said. "Our goal is preserve the legacy of the men and women who have given their all for our freedom and our promise is that we will never forget."
Evans plans to keep those memories alive with actual engraved photographs of every service man and woman and bar code technology that will allow visitors to smart phone link directly to videos and a story behind every face. Another touching aspect of this memorial will be the Fallen Love Art section. Personal drawings dedicated to the children of the fallen warriors.
"We have the land now thanks to Kansas City, KS Mayor Joe Reardon and the unified government," said Evans. Now we move into the awareness and fund raising phase to get this memorial built. We have been approached by celebrities and philanthropists and are seeking donations large and small. Country Music star Collin Raye has agreed to do a benefit concert and support us moving forward and we are looking for other such endorsements," she added.
About the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation: About the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation: The AFWMF is a registered 501(c)(3) charity with the mission of building a memorial featuring photo plaques of all fallen warriors from the Gulf War to present date including PTSD suicides. The secondary mission of the foundation is to educate the children of a grateful nation and make them aware of the sacrifices being made for our freedom. Children can help through their schools participation in a "My Thank You Coins" campaign. The AFWMF is currently seeking sponsors, donations and volunteers to help accomplish this historic project. Please visit http://www.GoldStarWall.org or http://www.MyThankYouCoins.com for more information.