LAYTON -- The names of Utah soldiers who have died in the "war on terror" need to be checked one last time for accuracy, and to ensure no honoree is overlooked, before the Sept. 11 memorial's bronze markers are cast.
"I have been keeping a list and have been in contact with the National Guard. The list is extensive," said project coordinator Karlene Kidman, a Davis County Youth of Promise adviser.
For a decade now, Youth of Promise, a service group consisting of area teens, has been hosting fundraisers and lobbying the Utah Legislature and area businesses for money to build a 9/11 memorial monument within the Utah State University Botanical Center in Kaysville.
Upon its completion, the monument will have cost about $212,000, officials said.
But before the bronze plaques listing the fallen honorees are cast, Kidman said, the list has to be double-checked by surviving family members to ensure that names are spelled correctly and every deserving soldier is recognized.
"I want to make sure we don't leave anyone off it," she said. "I am up to 116 names, with another 41 victims who have Utah ties with their families living here."
Kidman said she has what is now a 65-page document she has been working on for years. It includes most of the pictures and information about each soldier.
"I don't have all their pictures, and it would be great to have all their pictures."
The hope is to have the monument completed by Sept. 11 this year, officials said.
The five bronze plaques to be cast will each be 28 inches by 36 inches, weighing 130 pounds each, said Margaret Brough, Davis County Youth of Promise adviser.
The plaques, in addition to those bearing the names of the fallen soldiers, will include a brief history of the 9/11 attack, an inscription of the dedicatory prayer and a marker dedicated to 9/11 victims Mary Alice Wahlstrom, daughter Carolyn Beug and Brady Howell.
Wahlstrom and Beug, of Kaysville, were killed when the terrorist-hijacked plane they were in, American Airlines Flight 11, crashed into the World Trade Center's north tower.
Howell, from Tremonton, was working as a Navy intern at the Pentagon when another hijacked commercial airplane struck the building.
The memorial plaza was dedicated Sept. 11, 2012, before a crowd of about 125 people.
Utah National Guard Maj. Gen. Brian L. Tarbet said the acts surrounding 9/11 and the heroism that followed should always be remembered as part of this young nation's history.
"We can't forget this," Tarbet said at the dedication.
A list of honorees to be recognized on the monument can be found at www.laytonctc.org.
For information, call 801-896-4151.