LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A founding member of the Patriots Peace Memorial in Louisville was remembered by family and friends at a service on the grounds Monday night.
Nancy Simpson died on June 28 after a long battle with cancer. The former school teacher was inspired to create a place to honor her son Brice Simpson, an Air Force pilot, after he died in a training accident in Japan in 1998. The memorial was built through fundraising and the land was contributed by Humana co-founder David Jones.
“A memorial specifically designed for those folks who were not killed in a war, but who were killed in service to our country,” said Rebecca Jackson, friend of Simpson and former Jefferson County Judge Executive.
Brice was buried at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, but Nancy wanted a place for her family and other families to honor their loved ones closer to home.
“This meant everything to her. This was a place where she could come see my brother,” Grant Simpson said.
The memorial is illuminated at night to see the names of those who died inscribed on spaces of glass.
Nancy Simpson was 68-years-old.