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Hayward CA—Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

The State of CALIFORNIA's Gold Star Families Memorial Monument honoring the families of servicemen and women killed in the line of duty became a reality through the efforts of U.S. Marine Corps veteran Michael L. Emerson, AMVETS Post 911 Commander in Hayward, California.

Site location:

Lone Tree Cemetery
24591 Fairview Avenue
Hayward, CA 94542

Michael Emerson was the Chairman of the committee for the Gold Star Family Memorial Monument in Hayward, CA and an Honorary Board Member of the Woody Williams Foundation. The committee for the memorial was comprised of military veterans, gold star families and business leaders from the area.

To learn more about donating to a Gold Star Family Memorial Monument, please contact the Foundation at

This monument was dedicated on December 2 2017

Gold Star Family members and relatives are those 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, USMCD - Florida)

Any excess funds raised for this Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Project will be used to further the mission of the Woody Williams Foundation 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.

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