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Committee raising funds for Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Princeton

Oct 29 2019

Jennifer Roberts | WVVA

PRINCETON, W.Va. (WVVA) Approximately 568 Mercer County veterans are honored inside of the War Museum in Princeton for paying the ultimate sacrifice, and a committee with the museum wants to honor them with a memorial.

The group is requesting funding from the Mercer County Commissioners to erect a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, which will be located inside of the museum or the courthouse grounds.

It will cost about $73,000 to erect the monument, serving as a visual for the community to honor the veterans and their families.

“There are lots of veterans in Mercer County,” said Bill Blankenship, committee member and employee for the museum.

“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.

The commissioners are expected to address the request during their regular scheduled meeting in November.

Blankenship says the committee will be sending out letters to businesses in the Mercer County community, regarding information about donating towards the monument.

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