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Valley Forge PA Project—Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

Pennsylvania's new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument honoring the families of servicemen and women killed in the line of duty is now a reality.

The memorial is built on the campus of the Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge National Historical Park.


Mr. Cory Etchberger, son of posthumous Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipient, was the Chairman of the committee for the Gold Star Family Memorial Monument (GSFMM) and an Honorary Board Member, Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation. The committee for the memorial was comprised of several Gold Star families from the Pennsylvania area.

The memorial was constructed by the local memorial business, H.C. Wood, Inc.

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

This memorial monument was dedicated on September 21, 2014.

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