The Montgomery County commissioners plan to set aside $50,000 to build a memorial to residents who have died in Iraq.

The decision Tuesday was prompted by an Internet petition drive seeking to name a county office building for John Kulick of Harleysville, a Whitpain firefighter and National Guardsman killed in Iraq in 2005, the commissioners said. In addition to residents, the memorial will include the names of casualties who had close ties to Montgomery County, the commissioners announced.

The commissioners asked the county's director of veterans affairs, James Seader, to query veterans' groups for design ideas for a memorial on the courthouse grounds. - AP