Lexington KY Project - Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

On behalf the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal or Honor Foundation, Blue Core Charity and the newly formed Lexington Gold Star Memorial Committee, we are excited to share that Lexington, KY will soon be recognizing and honoring Gold Star Families of its community. Lexington will be building a Gold Star Families memorial Monument in Veteran's Park.

Marine veteran and Lexington native James Klingshirn, Honorary Board Member, Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation will serve as Chair for the Lexington Gold Star Memorial Committee.

Dedication is scheduled for April 4, 2017 Learn more

Gold Star Families Memorial Monument:

  • The GSFM committee has identified Veteran’s Park as the future home for the monument.
  • The monument location will be oriented as to cast a shadow through the ‘missing soldier’ space within the monument during sunset.


  • The physical monument will take four months to manufacture once designs are finalized.
  • Our plan will be to order the monument once the site specific civil plan has been finalized and monument cost are covered.
  • The goal will be to complete the monument prior to August 2015


  • The total cost of the Gold Star Families Monument is $35,000 + the cost of the site work (dirt) and concrete
  • Gray Construction is committed to providing the planning, site work and concrete for the monument
  • Blue Core Charity (Mr. Klingshirn’s Charity) is committed to raising $20,000
  • The Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation is committed to $5,000
  • $10,000 is currently uncommitted


  • James Klingshirn will serve as the Chair for the Lexington Gold Star Memorial Committee  
  • James will reach out to local Gold Star families who have recently lost a member or their family in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Inherent Resolve, or New Dawn to determine the images to be placed on the back of the memorial. Goal is to identify all Gold Star Families from WWII to present
  • Jeremy Short will serve as Co-Chair to Committee and provide procurement, planning, logistics coordination for the construction phase of the project
  • Richard Moloney will provide guidance for permitting, city approvals, city specifications, and general coordination with local government entities

To learn more about donating to the Gold Star Family Memorial, please contact James Klingshirn OR CLICK THE DONATE TAB AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.

"Dying for freedom isn't the worst thing that can happen. Being forgotten is." Georgie Carter-Krell (Mother of Posthumous Medal or Honor Recipient Pfc. Bruce W. Carter, USMC- Florida

All donations made from this page will be designated for the Lexington, KY project.