May 07 2021
Nick Pecoraro | Gold Country Media
The Gold Star Families of Roseville group is continuing fundraising efforts to erect a memorial monument at the Roseville Cemetery on Berry Street.
A project that began in 2019 and was later halted due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has re-established its mission to bring the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument to Roseville.
The monument features four tall pieces of black granite, each panel representing values of “Homeland, Family, Patriot and Sacrifice.” The memorial, which will be localized with Roseville themes, is being installed in conjunction with the new administrative building project at the Roseville Cemetery and will be located in the new courtyard’s center.
“It honors those who have died while serving in the military,” Gold Star Families committee member Mike Hazen said. “It’s for the families to have a place to go and visit and reflect upon their loss.”
Hazen and his wife, Jamie, are on the Gold Star Families of Roseville Board and have a great appreciation for military members.
“My wife is a Blue Star mom,” Hazen said. “My stepson is in the Army, and I’m proud of the sacrifices our military men and women and families make for our country and I’m happy to help.”
Fundraising began for this project in 2019 in conjunction with the Woody Williams Foundation and reached $21,000 of its $36,000 goal. Since relaunching fundraising efforts in February, the group has secured a $5,000 donation from the Roseville City Council’s discretionary fund, along with donations from Roseville’s Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter and the Sacramento Blue Star Moms.
“We think we're in good shape as far as funding goes at this point,” Hazen said. “We’ve put half down on the monument and signed a contract to get it built within the last few weeks. So it’s going into production soon and we hope for it to be done in about three to four months.”
The monument is designed to serve as a comforting place for surviving family members of soldiers who died in battle. Gold Star Sister and Gold Star Families of Roseville honorary board member Lee Morse lost her beloved brother, Joseph “Buddy” Stevens, in Vietnam in 1966. He was 20 years old.
“He was my only sibling and I miss him every day of my life,” Morse said. “I’m so grateful for this monument. I’ll have a place to go, even though I don’t need a place to remember him. It’s a beautiful monument and I look forward to it.”
A tentative completion date and dedication ceremony is anticipated for this summer.
Morse said any money left over from the fundraiser will go to the Woody Williams Foundation to help fund similar projects across the country.
To donate to the Roseville Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, visit https://hwwmohf.kindful.com/?campaign=357091.