Four Lehigh County municipalities are coming together to honor their hometown heroes.

Earlier this year, a committee was formed to design and build a veterans' memorial in the Northwestern Lehigh School District.

"When you think of the small percentage of veterans that served compared to the population of this country, it's amazing the few people that have put their time and duty in for their people," said committee member, Harold Handwerk.

Now, this Veterans Day, organizers are making a call for help.

"We have about 1,600 names currently and there's a lot of research from the historical societies and cemeteries and churches but we need to get people to submit names from say World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the War on Terror to fill it out," said committee member, Bill Dellicker.

Lynn, Heidelberg, Lowhill, and Weisenberg Townships are all part of the unified project.

"It's going to recognize all veterans from the Revolutionary War to the current time with provisions to add more in the future," added Dellicker.

The new memorial will live in Ontelaunee Park in Lynn Township. It will be dedicated to an estimated 3,000 veterans hailing from throughout the Northwestern Lehigh area.

"It's cool for me cause I grew up here," said committee member, Dave Keller.

Over $12,000 has been raised so far but organizers say with a six-figure price tag, there's a long way to go.

"We're estimating it's going to be about $100 per name and it will be all private fundraising by the committee," said Dellicker.

Many of the committee members are veterans themselves, making this community project personal.

"We're the ones that have done this and we know what it's about with the responsibility and what we've shared to get to this point," said Handwerk.

Right now it's just a sketch. But within two years, it's hoped the memorial will become a reality.

"I think it'll add another dimension to the park. I think it brings an immense value and place of honor and reverence that people can come and honor veterans that have served," said Keller.

If you would like to submit a name of a veteran who is from the Northwestern Lehigh area or if you would like to donate to the project, you can get more information at