Fundraising efforts ramp up for new war memorial

Fundraising efforts continue for a new war memorial in Paducah, which will feature two buildings on fire. It’s an image you may remember from the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The monument will honor the women and men who fought and served in the global war on terrorism, including two Marines from Paducah.

Nathan Torian always knew his older brother, Aaron, was going to do great things.

"When the Marine Corps called, he didn’t hesitate," says Torian.

Aaron was 25 when he enlisted. About a decade later, he was killed while on tour in Afghanistan.

"When I got that phone call, it was devastating," says Torian.

Ten years earlier, Torian learned his high school friend Christopher Heflin was killed in action. The two heroes are among hundreds who made the ultimate sacrifice in fighting terrorism.

In honor of all who fought and served, Torian started a GoFundMe account to help raise money for the new memorial.

"Something that lets them know that we care and we remember," says Torian.

Right now, there are three war memorials at the Dolly McNutt Plaza in Paducah, and the last remaining spot is being reserved for the new one.

"Talking to the people who have built these other memorials, this one’s raised money faster," says Torian.

The monument costs about $65,000 to build, and nearly half of that has already been donated by the city and McCracken County.

The rest, Torian says, will have to come from the community. They have a little more than $10,000 to go before reaching their goal. He says 100 percent of the money raised will go towards building and maintaining the monument.

If you’d like to contribute to the cost, click here or head to any Paducah Bank and ask to donate to the Operation Enduring Freedom Memorial Fund.

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