Legacy Projects are the hallmark of our initiatives.
Our team partners with Gold Star families to identify the legacies of our brave fallen heroes that have impacted their communities. Once we have precisely identified their individual legacy, we work with the family to erect permanent memorials that depict and preserve the legacies of our fallen heroes as service members and as unique individuals.
Legacy Projects celebrate the lives of the fallen as members of the families and communities in which they so intimately touched. Legacies Alive recognizes that in addition to fighting for our freedom, every fallen hero was also part of their family and community. We work alongside these families to create Legacy Projects, that not only celebrate these heroes’ sacrifice, but also who they were as members of their families and communities.
Dylan J. Elchin Memorial
Location: Hopewell, Pennsylvania
Hero: Staff Sergeant, Dylan J. Elchin
The Legacy: On November 27th, 2018, our beloved grandson, Staff Sgt, Dylan Elchin, USAF was killed in action while deployed in Afghanistan defending our freedom. Born June 11, 1993 in Brighton Twp, he was a 2012 Hopewell High School Graduate, and a former Boy Scout.
Dylan was in special operations as a J. Tac Qualified Combat Controller with the U.S. Air Force serving with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, the Army Commendation With Valor, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Combat Action Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the NATO Medal.
Chris Moon Memorial
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Hero: Chris Moon, U.S. Army, SPC, KIA
Legacy: Chris Moon was a very talented baseball player at Tucson High School who his senior year had a .462 batting average, posted an 8-2 record with a 1.21 ERA behind 90+ mph fastball earning him Southern Arizona Player of the Year. Chris was drafted by the Atlanta Braves, but chose to attend the University of Arizona on a baseball scholarship. However, during his first year in college, Chris felt a burning desire to serve his country and for the second time took the path less traveled, by enlisting in the Army as a scout sniper in the 82nd Airborne Division. Chris became a beloved member of his unit in the 2-508th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Chris was KIA from wounds suffered by an IED in the Arghandab River Valley of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The Chris Moon Memorial preserves the legacy of the big-hearted young man who unselfishly put his talent on the back burner so that he could serve his country in a time of war.
Thanks to your generous donations Legacies Alive was able to contribute over $61,000 to the Chris Moon Memorial.
Veteran’s Memorial at Soldier Springs Park
Location: Soldier Springs Park, Weatherford, TX
Heroes: PFC Austin Staggs, U.S. Army KIA; PFC Joe Robinson, U.S. Army; HM2 Clayton Beauchamp, USMC, KIA; SSG Curtis “Moose” Oakes, U.S. Army, KIA; SSG Jeffery Hartley, U.S. Army, KIA ; SGT John Savage, U.S. Army, KIA
Legacy: These 6 families all lost loved ones in service to the nation and this park will serve as a memorial that will recognize their lives and their sacrifices. The Parker County Gold Star families have banned together through the midst of tragedy to foster a safe haven for each other and the unfortunate families who have also suffered the loss of a loved one. The Veteran’s Memorial will act as a reminder of who Austin, Joe, Clayton, Curtis, Jeffrey, and John all were as members of their community and our heroes.
Thanks to your generous donations Legacies Alive was able to contribute over $37,000 to the Veteran’s Memorial at Solider Spring Park.
John Pelham Heroes Highway Dedication
Location: Corner of Walker Road and Roxbury Avenue, Beaverton, OR
Hero: John Pelham, U.S. Army, SPC, KIA
Legacy: John Alexander Pelham was a beloved son, brother and fiancé. Growing up, John had a passion for racquetball, baseball and boy scouts. The impact he had on his community was never more present when almost 1,000 people attended his funeral in Beaverton, OR. SPC John Pelham was on his second tour to Afghanistan with the 3rd Special Forces Group when he was KIA by wounds suffered from an attack by the enemy. His Father, Wendall said, John was “bigger than life and he’ll be bigger than death.” The Heroes Highway dedication for John was approved by the Oregon House of Representatives with a vote of 59 yays and 0 nays. John’s legacy will live on and the motto “Live Like John” has become the motto for his family, comrades and the community.
Thanks to your generous donations Legacies Alive was able to contribute $600 to the John Pelham Heroes Highway.
Ryane Clark Memorial Parking Lot
Location: Glacial Lakes Trail, New London, MN
Hero: Ryane Clark, U.S. Army, SPC, KIA
Legacy: Ryane Clark was an Eagle Scout and wrestler growing up in Kandiyohi County Minnesota. In 2003, Ryane was looking for an Eagle Scout project that would benefit his local community. He remembered that a local boy had been hit by a car and killed while riding his bike. The Glacial Lakes Trail is a dangerous place for cyclists and hikers to be due to the vehicles traffic so Ryane set out to build a parking lot that would allow the locals a safe place to park. Ryane served as a SPC and combat engineer assigned to the 27th Airborne Combat Engineer Battalion, 20th Combat Engineer Brigade, 18th Airborne. While on deployment, Ryane was KIA from wounds in an enemy attack in Shekhabad, Afghanistan. Ryane never had a chance to finish the Memorial Parking Lot, so his parents thought what better way to keep Ryane Legacy Alive than to complete the Parking Lot and name it after their hero.
Thanks to your generous donations Legacies Alive was able to contribute over $11,000 to the Ryane Clarke Memorial.