The 173d Airborne Brigade National Memorial Foundation is a non-profit corporation that receives no funding from the United States Army or the Federal Government.
The 173d Airborne Brigade National Memorial was constructed and dedicated as a result of donations from more than 1,600 individuals, organizations and corporate sponsors including Avis Budget Group, Delta Airlines, Carl Black GMC, Medals of America, Hooters, Integrity Bank, Chick-fil-A, Rail Technology, Incorporated, and eighteen Chapters of the 173d Airborne Brigade Association.
The construction fund drive received a significant contribution from the proceeds of the “Day of Honor Concert” organized by William K. Alphin and John D. Rich, (better know as “Big and Rich”). The concert was held at the HIFIBUYS Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia on 7 July 2006. It became a reality through the generosity of Country-Rock Band star Lynyrd Skynyrd, who was scheduled to perform at the Amphitheater with other Country Music artists that night. Skynyrd gave the Memorial Foundation his coveted Saturday evening concert slot, and then agreed to perform along with Big & Rich and other Country Musicians including The Lost Trailers, John Anderson, Cowboy Troy, and Two Foot Fred.
The proceeds from the Day of Honor concert along with the generous donations of individuals and organizations made construction of the Memorial possible.
HOWEVER, the work is not done!