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Gold Star Monument OK'd in Marshall County

Nov 26 2019
Tara Jabour | WTOV9

MARSHALL COUNTY, W.Va. — The families of those who never made it home will soon be honored with a monument in Marshall County.

On Tuesday, commissioners voted to build a new memorial for ‘Gold Star’ families in Marshall County.

The monument is a part of a nationwide initiative by Hershel Woody Williams, a World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient who started a foundation to honor Gold Star families.

"We often remember those soldiers, but we forget the families who have sacrificed and have pain and emotions the rest of their life because of a loss of someone in their family," said Gary Rider, co-chair, Marshall County Gold Star Monument.

The monument will honor four Gold Star families in the county.

Commissioners hope it will be a reminder for everybody in the community.

"It will provide another element of remembrance,” Commission President Scott Varner said. “It will provide another element to honor those who have fallen during the war, and hopefully give families some comfort and our citizens a level of pride."

They hope to break ground on the project after Memorial Day 2020 and complete the project by Veterans Day.

If you would like to help pay for the monument, you can take your donations to the Moundsville Marshall County Library.