April 14, 2024
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Miramar Nationwide Cemetery will break floor on San Diego’s first Gold Star Households Memorial Monday, honoring the households of those that have misplaced a beloved one whereas they served within the nation’s armed forces.

The Woody Williams Basis — a nonprofit named after the USA’ final residing World Warfare II Medal of Honor winner who died in June 2022 and is now targeted on creating Gold Star Household memorials across the nation — joined with a neighborhood committee to plan and fund the memorial. It will likely be positioned on the Memorial Stroll at Miramar Nationwide Cemetery.

“I’m really honored to stroll with town of San Diego, Gold Star Members of the family, and the local people to carry this Gold Star Households Memorial Monument to San Diego,” mentioned David Myers, chairman of the San Diego Gold Star Households Memorial Monument committee.

Myers, together with an all-volunteer committee, labored over the past 5 years carry the undertaking to fruition. Help was offered by particular person donors and thru numerous fundraising occasions — which is able to proceed till the monument’s completion. Its dedication is tentatively scheduled for Veterans Day, Nov. 10.

The committee additionally included a neighborhood Gold Star Member of the family, Tony Cordero, who was 5 when his father was shot down over Vietnam.

This monument would be the first Gold Star Households Memorial Monument within the space, regardless of having over 130 comparable monuments throughout the USA and San Diego having one of many largest army presences within the nation.

“We owe it to San Diego, residence to so many lively army, veteran and Gold Star households, to honor, acknowledge, and serve the households who’ve sacrificed a lot within the identify of freedom,” mentioned the late Woody Williams.

–Metropolis Information Service