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Memorial Honoring Gold Star Families Dedicated in Vienna

Gold Star Family Memorial VIenna

A special memorial honoring the families who have lost family members in war has been dedicated in Vienna.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports over 300 people gathered Sunday at Spencer’s Landing Park for the dedication of the Gold Star Families Memorial.

Founding member of West Virginia Gold Star Mothers Shirley White says several people have worked over the last few months to make the memorial happen.

Retired U.S. Marine Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams came up with the idea for the memorial project. His goal is to get at least one Gold Star Families monument in every state.

The original monument was established in 2013 at Dunbar’s Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery.

White says the memorial is a place where families can reflect on their loved ones.