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Lexington KY—Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

On behalf the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal or Honor Foundation (HWWMOHF), Blue Core Charity and the newly formed Lexington Gold Star Memorial Committee, we are excited to share that Lexington, KY has recognized and honored Gold Star Families of its community. 

Marine veteran and Lexington native James Klingshirn, Honorary Board Member, Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation will serve as Chair for the Lexington Gold Star Memorial Committee.

Gold Star Families Memorial Monument:

  • The GSFMM committee has identified Veteran’s Park as the future home for the monument.
  • The monument location will be oriented as to cast a shadow through the ‘missing soldier’ space within the monument during sunset.


  • The total cost of the Gold Star Families Monument is $35,000 + the cost of the site work (dirt) and concrete
  • Gray Construction is committed to providing the planning, site work and concrete for the monument
  • Blue Core Charity (Mr. Klingshirn’s Charity) is committed to raising $20,000
  • The Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation is committed to $5,000


  • James Klingshirn will serve as the Chair for the Lexington Gold Star Memorial Committee  
  • James will reach out to local Gold Star families who have recently lost a member or their family in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Inherent Resolve, or New Dawn to determine the images to be placed on the back of the memorial. Goal is to identify all Gold Star Families from WWII to present
  • Jeremy Short will serve as Co-Chair to Committee and provide procurement, planning, logistics coordination for the construction phase of the project
  • Richard Moloney will provide guidance for permitting, city approvals, city specifications, and general coordination with local government entities

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.

This monument was dedicated on April 4, 2017

"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