Jul 20 2020
John Battison | Loudoun Times-Mirror
Upcoming Lovettsville brewery One Family Brewing Co. has partnered with the Kentucky-based Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation to raise $50,000 for a memorial to honor families of fallen U.S. veterans.
Named after the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima, the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation seeks to establish permanent memorials to Gold Star Families, as well as conduct outreach to these families and provide them with educational benefits.
The Gold Star Families Memorial to be erected on the brewery's future property will be northern Virginia's first, according to One Family Brewing Co. officials.
"Our goal ... is very simple. Make great craft beer, partner with world-class people and companies while giving back to our community and families in need," One Family Brewing Founder David Keuhner said in a prepared statement.
Leading up to its impending opening, One Family Brewing has taken several steps to establish itself as a company that honors the U.S. armed forces and their loved ones. In May, it partnered with Ashburn company Flags of Valor to assemble a Memorial Day display on its future property comprising a large wooden cross and dozens of miniature American flags.
The brewery also recently partnered with Pennsylvania-based Funk Brewing Company to launch a West Coast-style IPA called "The Fallen," each can of which bears the names of more than 50 veterans who died in the line of duty or succumbed to suicide as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder.
"We only work with people and organizations that 'get it.' They want to be a part of something bigger than themselves," Keuhner added.
The new memorial is scheduled for unveiling Sept. 11 at 11:30 a.m. at 12851 Lutheran Church Road in Lovettsville. More information is available at onefamilybrewing.com.