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Lee Greenwood expected to perform at unveiling of Huntington's Gold Star monument

Jun 29 2023
Tyler Spence | Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — Country music star Lee Greenwood is expected to perform during the unveiling of a new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument near the Memorial Arch in Huntington in October.

Last May, Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient, prepared a written request that a monument honoring the families of those whose loved ones died during military service be built at Memorial Park. He intended to present the request to local government entities, but his health declined and he died June 29, 2022, at the age of 98.

The unveiling will take place the morning of Oct. 2, which would have been Williams’ 100th birthday. Greenwood is expected to sing the National Anthem and “possibly a few other songs,” according to Dan Ferguson, organizer of the event.