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Gold Star Family Memorial to shine in Moundsville

Jun 29 2020
Jaime Baker | WTOV9

MARSHALL COUNTY, W.Va. — Families of fallen military members will soon have a spot that recognizes them for their sacrifices.

The Marshall County Courthouse courtyard will be getting a new addition in the coming months, as they broke ground Monday for a Gold Star Family Memorial.

The Gold Star Family Memorials were established by the Herschel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation. They are made to honor the families of those who gave their lives for this country.

What started as one monument has spread. Sixty have been dedicated, and 72 are in process- spread over 45 states and one us territory.

It's grown because we need to honor these families and honor their loved ones in all communities,” President/CEO Chad Graham said. “Every community has those that have gone before us and given that ultimate sacrifice in their life.

The newest place to get the memorial will be Marshall County.

It will be located in the recently completed Veteran's Plaza, which honors all Marshall County residents who died in service or as a service-related injury or illness.

“I was so pleased when the Gold Star Committee approached the county commission,” Commissioner John Gruzinskas said. “We were all on board. It just seemed that the location that they chose was just- it was almost custom made for the monument.”

And the addition of a memorial to thank the families of those who served seemed like the perfect next step for the plaza.

“Their families are carrying on the legacy of their loved ones.,” Graham said. “So, the least we can, as communities, is say the names of their loved ones, carry on that legacy of service and really honor the freedom they sacrificed for us to have.

Checks can be sent to Gary Rider, 1100 Tenth St., Moundsville, WV 26041. For more information, call (304) 845-3161 or email Grider7091@aol.com. Checks should say they are for the Moundsville Monument.