American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation Revitalizes its Mission to Build
a War on Terror Memorial and Museum in Kansas City
Kansas City, Kansas (February 21, 2018) – The American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce that it has a new Kansas City-based leadership team and refined mission that will provide the organizing, funding, and coordinate efforts to build the American Fallen Warrior Memorial and Museum in Kansas City.
The AFWMF’s vision is to build the Memorial and Museum in the Kansas City area by 2024 to commemorate America’s Fallen Warriors during the War on Terror – starting with the 1983 Beirut barracks bombings to the present. The American Fallen Warrior Memorial and Museum in Kansas City will honor and celebrate those who paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom, educate the public about the sacrifices made to protect America during these troubling times, and serve as a sacred meeting place for veterans to work, learn, and heal.
For more details about the AFWMF’s vision, visit afwmf.org.
“Kansas City provides an accessible, middle-of-the-country location where we can attract Gold Star families and visitors from all 50 states,” said AFWMF Executive Director Jack Rush, US Navy Retired. “The Memorial will include the names of the fallen using a picture and bar-coding technology on each fallen service member’s wall plaque to share his or her story. The Museum will tell the nation’s story about combating terrorism and the adjacent Veterans Support Center will provide offices and gathering places for local veterans groups and support non-profits.”
The AFWMF wants to build on a 4-to-6-acre plot of land in a highly-trafficked location in Kansas City. To do this, the group must initially raise an estimated $15 million and mobilize the voices of veterans groups, the business community, and city leaders from the greater KC metropolitan area. Volunteers, sponsors, and donors are also needed.
“With the Memorial and Museum, we will include a designated gathering spot that will support our local veterans service organizations (VSO) and provide them a safe and sacred place of remembrance to meet, heal, and share stories,” said AFWMF Treasurer Randy Johnson, US Army Retired. “Freedom is not free. We must remember that for those who have served and sacrificed so much, freedom has a taste that the protected will never know.”
About American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation (afwmf.org):
The AFWMF was founded in 2011 and is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit with the vision of building the privately funded American Fallen Warrior Memorial and Museum in Kansas City. This mission will be accomplished with the help of Americans from all walks of life joining forces to make sure the Memorial and Museum is organized, funded, and built so that this country’s Fallen Warriors from the ongoing War on Terror have a suitable and sacred place of remembrance and honor.
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