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Gold Star Family Monument dedicated at Arkansas State Capitol

Sep 28 2019
Alex Burch |KATV

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Standing tall at the Arkansas State Capitol is a new reminder of those who've died for our freedom.

On Saturday, the new Gold Star Family Memorial Monument was dedicated. Many Gold Star Families were in attendance.

"When my husband was killed in 1993, I found myself back in Little Rock,” Gold Star Wife Sharri Briley said to the crowd. “I was a widow with a five-year-old daughter, Jordan.”

For some Gold Star Families at the dedication, the monument means their loved ones aren't forgotten.

"My brother died in 1971,” Dorothy Johnson said. “A long time ago. So you learn how to live. And you do live, and you go on. But you never really forget, and you never stop missing them."

Johnson said she loves the monument.

The tribute is part of the Hershel Woody Williams Foundation. Williams is the last remaining survivor from the battle of Iwo Jima.

Speakers said the memorial was possible because of generous donations across the state.

Johnson said what helps her is when people share stories about her brother, Will. She said Will was killed by a sniper when he was a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army.

"I would say to anybody who doesn't know what to say to a Gold Star family--tell them you remember."

The monument is located on the west side of the Capitol.