Groundbreaking set for park memorial

PARKERSBURG – The Nick Null Foundation will conduct a groundbreaking in City Park at 1 p.m. March 30 for a memorial to military personnel who lost their lives in the Afghanistan/Iraq conflicts .

The Nick Null Foundation was started by Tracy (Null) Kendall when her son, Parkersburg native and Parkersburg South High School graduate Nick Null, was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011.

Null was an elite EOD/Naval Special Warfare Development Group member whose helicopter was transporting his team on a mission when it was shot down by Taliban foot soldiers with an RPG. Null was killed along with 38 other military personnel, including 22 SEALS from SEAL Team 6 and one service dog, reports said.

Tracy Kendall wanted to honor her son and the others who lost their lives that day and during each war.

Null’s stepfather, Alan Litman, said the foundation has already had many contributions and donations to creating the memorial, to be placed near the pond in city park.

Litman said the memorial is to make sure no one forgets the sacrifice Null and others from the Mid-Ohio Valley have made for their country.

Last year, the Wood County commissioners agreed to contribute $2,500 toward the memorial. Litman said since then the foundation has received donations in the form of money and supplies to help build the memorial.

Litman said the foundation has raised nearly half of the estimated $50,000 needed to accomplish the project.

Additional donations to the foundation can be mailed to: The Nick Null Foundation, 1049 Lake Washington Road, Washington, WV 26181

The ceremony for the memorial will be held at the pond, Litman said. Volunteers hope to finish the project by Aug. 3.