Fundraising Goes On For Planned Kansas War Memorial

By: AP (Posted by Amanda Lanum)
By: AP (Posted by Amanda Lanum)
A campaign to build a Wichita monument to Kansans killed in wars beginning with Operation Desert Storm is moving slowly forward.

A Wichita woman hopes to raise enough money to build a memorial in Wichita for Kansas soldiers killed in wars since 1991, Operation Desert Storm.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A campaign to build a Wichita monument to Kansans killed in wars beginning with Operation Desert Storm is moving slowly forward, dollar by dollar.

The nonprofit group behind the planned Operation Freedom Memorial estimates it needs $200,000 for the monument at Veterans
Memorial Park. The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/vxA4vC) the group has collected about $63,000 since fundraising began in June
2010.

The effort is led by Anita Dixon, whose son, Army Sgt. Evan Parker, was killed in Iraq in 2005. Dixon hopes to begin construction by March 1, with a dedication taking place on Memorial Day, May 28.

More than 80 Kansas men and women have died in war since the 1991 campaign known as Operation Desert Strom, when U.S. troops ousted Iraqi forces from Kuwait.
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Online:
Operation Freedom Memorial: http://www.ofm-ks.com

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Information from: The Wichita Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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