BERLIN – As we just recently celebrated Veterans Day, remembering and honoring those who have bravely served and continue to serve the United States Armed Services, the Berlin Veterans Commission announced it has been chosen to be the home of the “Gold Star Families Monument” in Connecticut.
The Gold Star Families Monument will be built in the Berlin Veterans Memorial Park on Veterans Way. Its purpose is to honor, recognize and serve Gold Star Families and the legacy of their loved ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The monument is two sided and symbolic on both sides. The statement, “A Tribute to Gold Star Families and Relatives Who Sacrificed a Loved One for Our Freedom” located on the front of the monument specifically honors Gold Star Families.
The pillars and representative images for each can be found on the reverse side of the monument.
Within the monument there is an open silhouette that represents the missing family member surrounded by the pillars and the legacy they left behind.
“We are hoping to have it built and dedicated on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, which is the last Sunday in September,” the Berlin Veterans Commission said. “That will be September 26, 2021.”
The Berlin Veterans Commission is collaborating with the Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation to build the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument.
The Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation is a charitable nonprofit organization that carries out the legacy of Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams by pursuing specific endeavors and goals through his vision. The foundation encourages the establishment of permanent Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments in communities throughout the United States amongst other great things.