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Springfield IL—Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

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All donations made from this link will be designated for the Springfield Illinois Gold Star Families Memorial Monument.

A new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument (GSFMM) honoring the families of servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military is currently being planned in Springfield IL.

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, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Groundbreaking took place on October 30, 2017 at the War Memorials.

Site location:

Oak Ridge Cemetery
1441 Monument Avenue
Springfield, IL 62702

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the dedication celebrations.

Chris (Christine) Hansley and Jim Hansley are the Honorary Board Members for the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, Woody Williams Foundation. The committee for the memorial is comprised of devoted patriots from the State of Illinois.

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

Honorary Board Members
Christine and Jim Hansley
Committee Members
Marlene Van Matre - Gold Star Sister
Mike Lelys
Sue Massie
Paul Turnbaugh
Chris Hanson
Richard Revell
Chuck Kitson

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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