Father Of Gold Star Veteran Seeks Funding for Ohio Memorial

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SUNBURY, Ohio (AP) – The father of a Gold Star veteran who died in combat after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is working with others to secure permanent funding for an Ohio memorial dedicated to the fallen soldiers.

Jim Bernholtz and other Gold Star parents and veterans groups helped create the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial in Sunbury in 2005 to remember those who’ve died since 9/11.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Bernholtz and others worry that the privately funded site could fall into disrepair.

Bernholtz, the president of nonprofit Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial, is seeking support to set up a legacy trust fund.

They are trying to raise as much as $1 million, the interest from which would support the memorial’s annual $25,000 maintenance costs and about $600 to install each new marker.