Legacy Projects

Memorializing the Lives of our Fallen Heroes

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.

Current Legacy Projects

Brian Piercy Re-Internment Legacy Project

Brian Piercy Re-Interment at Arlington National Cemetery

Legacies Alive is working with our Gold Star mother, Carol Berberich from Los Angeles, CA, to honor her son with re-interment at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Carol’s son, Brian Piercy, was killed in action in Afghanistan July 19, 2010.  We have raised the funds and have the approvals to re-inter Brian to Arlington at a date to be determined later this year.

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Dylan J. Elchin KIA

War Memorials in Beaver County, Pennsylvania

Legacies Alive is currently in the fundraising stages of building 3 war memorials in Beaver County Pennsylvania. Memorials will be located in Brighton Township, Hopewell Township, and Chippewa Township.  These memorials will honor all service members from Beaver County who have paid the high cost of freedom. Honor bricks can be purchased in the names of active, reservist, and retired service members from all branches.

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Past Legacy Projects

Legacy Project: Dylan Elchin Bridge Memorial Bridge

Dylan Elchin Memorial Bridge Dedication

At the end of February 2020, Legacies Alive was honored to help organize and participate in the USAF SSGT Dylan Elchin Bridge Dedication in Beaver County, PA. The Vanport Bridge that spans the Ohio River in Beaver County was renamed USAF Combat Controller Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin Memorial Bridge to honor the fallen airman. The bridge dedication ceremony was a reminder of Dylan’s service and the legacy that he has left behind.

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The 82nd Airborne DIV. 4th BDE 2-508 PIR. These heroes came in from all over the country to honor Chris

Chris Moon Memorial

The Chris Moon Memorial preserves the legacy of this 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.

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Veteran’s Memorial at Soldier Springs Park

Veteran’s Memorial at Soldier Springs Park

Six Parker County families 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. 

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Ryane Clark Memorial Parking Lot Dedication

Ryane Clark Memorial Parking Lot

Ryane Clark was an Eagle Scout and wrestler growing up in Kandiyohi County Minnesota. In 2003, Ryane set out to build a parking lot for his Eagle Scout project that would allow the locals a safe place to park. 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 there would be no better way to keep Ryane’s legacy alive than to complete the parking lot and name it after their hero.

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Legacy Project: John A. Pelham Fallen Hero Memorial Highway

John Pelham Heroes Highway Dedication

The Heroes Highway dedication for John Pelham 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.

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Help us remember and celebrate our fallen heroes

Donating to Legacies Alive helps support projects and events designed to honor the legacy of service members who gave their all to our nation. 97.8% of our proceeds go directly to conducting Legacy Challenges, building Legacy Projects or supporting Gold Star Families.