Only the second monument of its kind located in Michigan
A Gold Star Families Memorial Monument honoring the families of servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military will be dedicated at the Clinton Township Civic Center, located at 40700 Romeo Plank Road on Saturday, June 12 at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
“It is an honor to have Clinton Township selected as the site for a southeastern Michigan location for a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument,” said Township Supervisor Bob Cannon. “Our appreciation and thanks go out to Nick and Karen Straffon, who, along with a dedicated group of volunteers, led a successful fundraising campaign to make this happen,” he said.
Cannon added that he was pleased with the Board of Trustee’s unanimous decision to locate the monument in a prominent location on the Township campus near the historical village.
The Gold Star Family Memorial Monument program is the vision of Hershel “Woody” Williams, the only surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the World War II battle for Iwo Jima, Japan.
Williams began a foundation in 2010 to honor Gold Star Families, and today there are monuments either erected or planned in all 50 states. The Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation conducts outreach across the United States and provides scholarships to Gold Star Families’ children.
Dedication ceremony speakers include retired Chief Warrant Officer Hershel “Woody” Williams, Medal of Honor recipient and Michigan resident Jim McCloughan, and retired Major General Brian Cummings.
Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments are a two-sided tribute carved from black granite. One side recognizes Gold Star Families and relatives who lost a loved one. On the other side, four granite panels tell a story under the headings of homeland, family, patriot, and sacrifice. At the monument’s center is a silhouette representing the fallen soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom.