Springfield IL Project—Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

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

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 in Springfield, Illinois.

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, theKorean War and the Vietnam War.

Illinois residents Christine and James Hansley of Tinley Park and Daniel Moore of Woodridge are spearheading the project for the Springfield, IL Gold Star Families Memorial Monument. Chris, Jim and Dan are Honorary Board Members of the 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 project.

To make a contribution for this particular project, click the SUPPORT THIS PROJECT button, contact an Honorary Board Member or contact the HWWMOHF at (304) 208.4254.

A Gold Star family is a wife, husband, mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, parent through adoption, foster parents who stand or stood in loco parentis, children, stepchildren, children through adoption, brothers, sisters, half brothers, half sisters, aunts, uncles, grandchildren and grandparents of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States that sacrificed their life for our way of life and the American flag under which they served. 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