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Fundraising underway for Gold Star Family Monument

Nov 8, 2017 

Montgomery Herald

TEAYS VALLEY — Farmers Bank and Marine Detachment 957 donated a total of $15,000 to the Hershel Woody Williams Foundation to assist in the construction of a Gold Star Family Monument on the West Virginia Capital Grounds.

“I’m extremely honored these two groups donated to this project. They understand what we are trying to do,” Roy Hamilton with the Hershel Woody Williams Foundation said. “When they heard what the project was for, they jumped at the opportunity to help out and I can’t thank them enough.”

The Gold Star Family Monument is built to honor the families who have sacrificed a loved one for our freedom.

The monument will feature four panels:

  • The first panel will depict their Homeland: The United States of America.
  • The second panel will represent family with a father and mother holding a newborn baby representing the families of the fallen heroes.
  • The third panel will represent the youth of America who volunteer to serve and protect us and give others a freedom they never knew.
  • The final panel will depict sacrifice, with families grieving the loss of loved ones who sacrificed their lives to preserve our rights, liberties and the American flag under which they served
  • The monument will also feature a cut out of a soldier who died in the armed forces, making the ultimate sacrifice of life for peace and freedom.

This project will cost about $75,000 to complete.

Hershel “Woody” Williams is a West Virginia native, and the sole surviving Marine who was awarded a Medal of Honor for his actions during World War II. Williams was presented the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions at Iwo Jima.

If you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution, you can do so by making a check payable to HWWMOHF and mailing to HWWMOHF, c/o Farmers Bank, 65 Chaser Park, Hurricane WV 25526 or by going to the website