Unveiling of Global War on Terrorism Memorial Set for Monday, May 28

Date of release:  May 25, 2018

Members of the Operation Enduring Freedom Fund have organized an unveiling ceremony set for Monday, May 28 at 10 a.m. for the Global War on Terrorism Memorial which honors those who have fought the global war on terror.  The Memorial is located on the Clark Street side of Dolly McNutt Memorial Plaza.  Clark Street will be closed between 5th and 6th Streets from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. on May 28.

Nathan Torian organized the campaign to raise the funds to build the Global War on Terrorism Memorial to honor those who lost their lives serving our country.  Torian’s brother, MSGT. Aaron C. Torian, was killed February 15, 2014, while conducting operations in Afghanistan.  Torian’s high school friend, Marine Sgt. Christopher T. Heflin, was killed November 16, 2004, in Iraq.

Torian says, “Two Paducah natives, Sgt. Christopher Heflin and MSGT. Aaron Torian, gave the ultimate sacrifice in these wars.  No words can describe how much Paducah needs to memorialize those who served along with those who gave everything.”

In 2017, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved the placement of the Memorial in Dolly McNutt Memorial Plaza, a City park.  In 2014, the Board approved a $15,000 contribution to the Memorial’s construction.

Dolly McNutt Memorial Plaza also has a World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War memorial.