Ground Broken on Virginia Public Safety Memorial

Friday, Jan 3, 2014  |  Updated 8:17 PM EDT
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Ground Broken on Virginia Public Safety Memorial

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Sen. Tim Kaine, Gov. Bob McDonnell and Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe break ground on a public safety memorial in Richmond, Va.

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Past, present and future governors turned shovels of dirt Friday at a groundbreaking in Richmond for a memorial to public safety workers.

The memorial has been in the works for years and has had to overcome a series of hurdles.

Fundraising started under former Gov. Tim Kaine, now a U.S. senator. He, along with Gov. Bob McDonnell and Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, participated in the groundbreaking.

Also Friday came news that the $2 million memorial construction goal has been reached.

The memorial will be located on Capitol Square near the General Assembly. It will hold the names of 832 Virginia police, fire and other public safety workers who died in the line of duty. Nearby will be other memorials honoring people who shaped the history of the commonwealth.

The memorial is expected to open later this year.

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