Gold Star Memorial Will Honor Families Of Fallen Heroes

  • 7/6/2019 5:35:19 PM
  • Ingrid Schmidt
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH- A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Mansfield Gold Star Families Memorial Monument on Saturday.

The memorial will be erected in front of the Richland County Courthouse.  The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is meant to honor the families whose loved one(s) made the ultimate sacrifice four our country. 

Keynote speaker, Medal of Honor recipient, and head of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Movement, Hershel Woody Williams, said that the monuments are a way of thanking local families for their sacrifices.

"To the Gold Star Families of this community, they've never been honored before.  Many of them don't even know each other because there's no organization that draws them together," Williams said.  "This monument will draw them together. They will begin sharing stories with each other, become acquainted with each other and they have a relationship that nobody else has."

The ground breaking ceremony brought many community members out to the Richland County Courthouse on Saturday.  Williams said that he appreciates how many members of the Mansfield community support the creation of the monument.

"I think the turn out today at this groundbreaking is very indicative of Ohioans," Williams said.  "It is a patriotic state. It's very military oriented and today was certainly evidence of that."

Williams travels all over the country and is pleased to say that now 42 states have Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments.

"Right now Ohio has seven of these already done and dedicated.  There's two more in the process, plus this one, so it's continued to grow and expand because it's so long overdue," Williams said.

To learn more about the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, head to his website.


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