Golf fundraiser raises money for fallen soldiers memorial

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – About 100 people packed the the Sportsman’s Golf Course in Harrisburg for the “Golf for the Fallen” fundraiser Saturday.

The event benefits the Fallen Heroes Memorial project.

The memorial at Fort Indiantown Gap will be dedicated to Sargeants Brian Mowery, Edward Koehler and Kenneth VanGiesen.

The three men died while serving our country in July of 2011.

Mowery was from Halifax, Koehler was from Lebanon and VanGiesen was from Erie.

They were in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.

The memorial is expected to go up next to the 28th Infantry Division Memorial in the fall. It’s a way to honor those we lost and unite those who are still here.

“A chance for us to memorialize them and reflect on everything we’ve done and just a place for us to go and appreciate the service and sacrifices they’ve given for us, the community and for this great nation,” said Michael Gustin, a veteran who organized the event.

Businesses and organizations pitched in for the event’s barbecue, raffles and prizes.

Organizers say expect more events in the future to raise money for the families of the fallen soldiers and for veterans battling PTSD.

If you missed this weekend’s fundraiser, you can still donate to the cause via the event’s Facebook page.

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