Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation Hershel Woody Williams
Medal of Honor Foundation


GOLD STAR FAMILIES MEMORIAL MONUMENT STATISTICS

Memorial Monuments Dedicated

17

States Represented

33

Memorial Monuments in Progress

41

Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments

Springfield IL Riverside CA Aurora CO Central TX Tampa FL Port St Lucie FL Charleston SC Knoxville TN Fairfield OH Greenup County KY Fairmont WV Valley Forge PA Philadelphia PA Grove City OH Medina OH Rochester NY Fall River MA Ft. Knox KY Annapolis MD Bedford VA Winchester VA Dyer IN Manchester NH Estherville Ft. Dodge IA Tulsa Hayward CA San Jose CA Albany NY Lafayette IN Indianapolis IN Palmetto Bay FL Hampton/Norfolk VA Hampton/Norfolk VA Dallax TX Milwaukee WI Lincoln NE Institute WV Huntington WV Dublin VA Branson MO Havre De Grace MD Camp Shelby MS Olathe KS Kingsport TN

"WHAT IS A GOLD STAR FAMILY MEMBER"?

"A wife, husband, mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, parent through adoption, foster parents who stand or stood in place of parents, children, stepchildren, children through adoption, brothers, sisters, half brothers, half sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and grandparents of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States that sacrificed their life for our way of life, while serving in the United States Military."

MISSION STATEMENT

Perpetuate the memory of the sacrifice made by those in America's Armed Forces who gave their lives for America, our Freedom and our way of life. To honor and give tribute to Gold Star family members, relatives and Gold Star Children who suffered through those sacrifices. To educate the American public, specifically our youth, about the sacrifices made for our freedom and way of life; and encourage all Americans and Communities in which these Gold Star families reside to recognize those sacrifices. And, through the establishment of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments provide a means for Gold Star family members and others in the community to remember that freedom has not been and is not free.


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Gold Star Families Monument Gets White House Backing

The Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation has a goal, and now it has some pretty strong backing — from the White House.



Hershel Woody Williams

Letter from Woody

As an 18 year old farm boy waiting to go to war to protect the freedom I had learned about in grade school, from a teacher who loved her country, my life and values were impacted by an experience I had as a driver of a taxi in the small community of Fairmont, West Virginia.

During my youth I had a boyhood friend by the name of Leonard Brown. We were near the same age. I wanted him to join the Marines with me, but he elected to go to the Army Air Force. While over seas his plane disappeared and no trace of it was ever found. His family waited 7 long years with hope, all the while he was declared missing in action, before they finally received official word that he had been lost. No trace of Leonard or his aircraft was ever found.

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