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Monument Overview

Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

Initially the Foundation’s goal was to establish a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Woody’s home state of West Virginia. Once that monument was complete, a new mission became clear to Woody and those at the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation to establish these monuments in as many communities as possible in all 50 states.

Goals of Establishing Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments

The Monuments provide a place of permanence for Gold Star Families to gather and utilize as they see fit. These Monuments belong to them and their fallen Loved Ones. They are intended to achieve the following goals:

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Initially the Foundation's goal was to establish a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Woody's home state of West Virginia. Once that monument was complete, a new mission became clear to Woody and those at the Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor to establish these monuments in as many communities as possible in all 50 states as well as expanding the mission to additional means of service to Gold Star Families.

This stunning black granite monument features two sides. One side bears the words: Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, a tribute to Gold Star Families and Relatives who sacrifice a Loved One for our Freedom.

The other side tells a story through the four granite panels: Homeland, Family, Patriot and Sacrifice. The scenes on each panel are a reflection of each community's Gold Star Families and their fallen Heroes. At the center of this tribute is a silhouette of the Loved One who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of Freedom.

Explanation Markers

Each Gold Star Families Memorial Monument features an explanation marker which serves to educate visitors about the Monument design, meaning and local committee.

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