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Hayward CA—Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

The State of CALIFORNIA's Gold Star Families Memorial Monument honoring the families of servicemen and women killed in the line of duty is became a reality through the efforts of U.S. Marine Corps veteran Michael L. Emerson, AMVETS Post 911 Commander in Hayward, California. 

Lone Tree Cemetery

24591 Fairview Avenue
Hayward, CA 94542

Michael was the Chairman of the committee for the Gold Star Family Memorial Monument in Hayward, CA and is an Honorary Board Member of the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation. The committee for the memorial was comprised of military veterans, gold star families and business leaders from the area. To learn more about donating to this Gold Star Family Memorial, please contact the Foundation at

A Gold Star Family member can be any relative: mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, adoptive or foster parents, wife, husband, child, stepchild, adopted child, brothers, sisters, half brothers or sisters, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces or nephews who have sacrificed a Loved One for our Freedom.

The Gold Star Family Memorial was created by Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody" Williams to remember those families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. To learn more about the memorial, please visit our Gold Star Families Memorial Monument web page.

"Dying for freedom isn't the worst thing that can happen. Being forgotten is." Georgie Carter-Krell (Mother of Posthumous Medal of Honor Recipient Pfc. Bruce W. Carter, USMC- Florida

This memorial monument was dedicated on December 2, 2017

Any excess funds raised for this Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Project will be used to further the mission of the Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation’s of honoring Gold Star Families and their fallen Heroes through the establishment of Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments in communities across the United States, offering scholarships to Gold Star Children as well as sponsoring and hosting outreach programs and events for Gold Star Families.