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Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Dedicated in Mantorville

Jun 26 2022
Andy Brownell | KROC

Mantorville, MN (KROC-AM News) - A ceremony was held Saturday in Mantorville to dedicate Minnesota's first Gold Star Families Memorial Monument.

The monument honors the families of men and women who have died while serving in the US military. There are currently more than 100 Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments in all 50 states. According to the Woody Williams Foundation, another 72 monuments are in progress.

Such an honor to meet some of our Gold Star families yesterday during the dedication of Minnesota’s first Gold Star Families Memorial Monument here in Mantorville! Another reminder that the amazing freedoms we all enjoy have come with great cost to many. God Bless our military!

— Sheriff Scott Rose (@DCSOSheriff) June 26, 2022

The non-profit group’s website says the foundation was created by Medal of Honor Recipient Herschel "Woody" Williams and works with local community leaders to establish the monuments in cities and towns throughout the United States. It also provides outreach to Gold Star families, offers scholarships to children of fallen US service members, and pursues educational benefits for Gold Star families.

The monument in Mantorville is located next to the Dodge County Courthouse on land donated to the cause by Dodge County.