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Wyoming County Commission approves Gold Star monument

Nov 08 2019
Mary Catherine Brooks |The Register-Herald

Wyoming County Commission members approved the location of a new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument on the courthouse lawn during their meeting Wednesday.

Robbie Bailey said the idea for “The Wyoming County Project” had grown after he and Mike Johnson had listened to Hershel “Woody” Williams, 96, a retired U.S. Marine Corps warrant officer and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs service representative who received the Medal of Honor in World War II.

The Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation encourages Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments be erected in communities across the nation and provides scholarships to eligible Gold Star children. The purpose of the programs is to honor Gold Star families who have lost a loved one in service to their country.

“We have a lot of Gold Star families here,” Bailey said.

As yet, there is no monument in southern West Virginia, Bailey told commissioners.

Bailey said the location will be on the lower tier of the courthouse lawn, on the right side of the steps if you are facing the front of the building from Main Street.

Organizers will have to raise about $75,000 to erect the monument.

Committee members include Bailey and Johnson, along with Mark Brooks, Johnny Smith, a Gold Star Family member, and Cecil Lester, also a Gold Star Family member.

The foundation will provide some support for the project, he said, and both a website and Facebook page have been established to help with the fundraising.

To contribute or for more information, visit the website at http://hwwmohf.org/monuments/wyoming-cty-wv.html.

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