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Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum dedicates Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

Jun 22 2024
Alexander Bullock | 21Alive News

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - On Saturday, the Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum dedicated the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument.

A Gold Star family is one that has experienced the loss of a loved one, an immediate family member, who died as the result of active-duty military service.

The Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum says the dedication and monument are in remembrance of those who have died as the result of active-duty military service as well as their families.

Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum’s Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is dedicated with the support of the Woody Williams Foundation.

Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum says the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is a two-sided tribute made of black granite.

On one side, the tribute bears the words ‘Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, a tribute to Gold Star Families and Relatives who sacrificed a Loved One for our Freedom.’

On the other side, the tribute tells a story through four granite panels: Homeland, Family, Patriot, and Sacrifice.

At the center of the tribute, is a silhouette of a saluting service member which represents the Legacy of the Loved Ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Freedom.

Together, these features tell each community’s unique story based upon the Pillars of the Foundation.

To learn more about the Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum, visit https://honoringforever.org/.