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Springfield IL—Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

All donations made from this page will be designated for the Springfield IL monument.

The State of Illinois’ new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument (GSFMM) honoring the families of servicemen and women killed in the line of duty is now becoming a reality.

The memorial will be built at Oak Ridge Cemetery,1441 Monument Ave, Springfield, IL 62702

Groundbreaking took place on October 30, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the War Memorials.

Oak Ridge Cemetery has the distinction of being the second most visited cemetery in the nation, second only to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. Oak Ridge Cemetery is the final resting place of our sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln. In addition to the Lincoln Tomb, there are memorials to World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Chris (Christine) Hansley and Jim Hansley are the Honorary Board Members for the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation (HWWMOHF). The committee for the memorial is comprised of devoted patriots from the State of Illinois.

To learn more about donating to the Springfield, Illinois Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, please contact Chris Hansley at or call (708) 369.0636. Thank you for your interest and support of the Springfield, IL Gold Star Families Memorial Monument.

To make a contribution for this particular memorial, click the SUPPORT THIS PROJECT button, contact an Honorary Board Member or contact the HWWMOHF at

Committee Members

Honorary Board Members

Christine and Jim Hansley

Committee Members

Christine (Chris) Hansley, Committee Chair
Jim Hansley
Marlene Van Matre - Gold Star Sister
Mike Lelys
Sue Massie
Paul Turnbaugh
Chris Hanson

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.

"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

Any excess funds raised for this Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Project will be used to further the mission of the Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation’s of honoring Gold Star Families and their fallen Heroes through the establishment of Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments in communities across the United States, offering scholarships to Gold Star Children as well as sponsoring and hosting outreach programs and events for Gold Star Families.

Springfield Groundbreaking Ceremony - October 30, 2017