"What is a Gold Star Family Member"?

"A wife, husband, mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, parent through adoption, foster parents who stand or stood in loco parentis, children, stepchildren, children through adoption, brothers, sisters, half brothers, half sisters, aunts, uncles, grandchildren and grandparents of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States that sacrificed their life for our way of life and the American flag under which they served."



Gold Star Families , Woody and Memorial Monument

Woody salutes Gold Star Families

Woody and Brent at Gold Star Memorial Monument dedication

Our Projects

A seed was planted. As a young boy on a dairy farm in West Virginia, Woody could never have imagined that a passion and vision would begin to develop because of the experiences he had as a young man. As a cab driver, his duties were to deliver Western Union telegram death notices to families that had lost a loved one in battle. This experience weighed heavy on Woody's heart through the years, while his dreams began to take shape. Now, years later, Woody’s vision of honoring and paying tribute to these Gold Star Families “for their sacrifice of one of their loved ones has become a reality”.

The goals and objectives of the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation are to continue to nurture the seed that Woody has planted and bring his full vision to fruition through this project.

Our projects currently include the promotion, creation, and implementation of Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments throughout the country. The original monument was established at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, 130 Academy Drive, Dunbar, WV in 2013. A second Gold Star Families Memorial Monument was dedicated on September 21, 2014 in Valley Forge, PA, a third and fourth are being built in Lafayette, IN and Fairfield, OH and will be dedicated Memorial Day, 2015.


Projects in the planning/building stages are:

  • Tampa, FL (Dedication May 21, 2015)
  • Rochester, NY
  • Ashland, KY
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Elizabethtown, KY
  • Lake Tahoe, NV
  • Grove City, OH

Future Projects

Huntington, WV
Committee Forming, Fundraiser scheduled for June 5-7, 2015. Land/Site being planned. Honorary Board Member, Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, Jody Beckett.

Philadelphia, PA
Committee forming. Honorary Board Members, Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, Joe Griffies and Tim Brooks.

Aurora, CO
Committee forming, Fundraising in progress. GSFMM is in design/plan stage, Land/Site on hold. Honorary Board Members, Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, Jody Newton and Paula Sarlis.

Fairmont, WV
Committee is HWWMOHF AND WOODY WILLIAMS, Fundraising in progress. Land/Site acquired at Hershel Woody Williams Armed Forces Reserve Center. Please direct questions to Bryan Casey.

Chicago, IL
Committee forming, Fundraising in progress. Honorary Board Members, Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, Chris and Jim Hansley, and Dan Moore.

Medina, OH
Committee forming, Fundraising in progress. Land/Site acquired. Fundraiser August 1, 2015 raised $4,000. Contact Honorary Board Member, Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, Mickey Kennedy for details.

Charleston, SC
Committee forming, Fundraising in progress. Honorary Board Members working on the project are Pat Waters, Steve Dudash and Peter Stonefield.

Owosso, MI
Committee forming. Honorary Board Members, Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, MSGt Jeff Rector, and Dr.Tim Schmig

Dallas, TX
Committee forming, Fundraising in progress. Major Fundraiser being planned- HWWMOHF September 12, 2015. Honorary Board Member Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, Laura Leppert.

Port St. Lucie, FL
Committee Forming. Honorary Board Member, Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, Roy Brewer.

Washington, DC
Committee forming. Honorary Board Member, Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, Tom Cottone Please direct questions to Hershel Woody Williams Foundation.

 


Gold Star Families Memorial Monument


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