In October, Gold Vault Patriots Chapter 1051 broke ground on a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Elizabethtown, KY.
The new Kentucky memorial will be a permanent installation and at an 80% scale of the Wall in Washington, DC. The site of the monument is near the Hardin County Veterans Tribute. Both of the memorials are at Veterans Tribute Park and on land that was granted by the city government.
A member of the Kentucky’s Department of Veterans Affairs and the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, Deputy Commissioner Heather French Henry attended the groundbreaking ceremony. Also in attendance were members of the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau, who donated to the effort.
Chapter 1051 formed a veterans group, the Veterans Tribute Group, Inc., which raised $450,000 for ordering the memorial and its installation.
Chapter 1051 President David Cowherd is proud of the memorial Wall project. The projected cost of the memorial was $500,000, however the project came in under budget. Likewise, it was projected to take three to four years to construct, but the project has been delivered in 14 months.
A unique feature of the memorial is that there will be a time capsule. The time capsule will contain artifacts from the Vietnam War and placed near the wall.
The last time the chapter hosted The Traveling Wall was in 2015.