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Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Dedicated in Fairmont

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Hershel "Woody" Williams dedicated the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at the Armed Forces Reserve Center Saturday afternoon.

Gold Star Families are those who lost loved ones who served in the military.

Woody's vision of honoring and paying tribute to these families came from the heaviness that weighed on his heart, as he filled his duty of delivering death notice telegrams to families who lost loved ones in battles when he was just 18.  

Williams earned a medal of honor in Iwo Jima during World War II.

"What Woody is doing here is unbelievable. We can never totally repay veterans, and their families, for what they have done for our country. But we should take every opportunity to show our appreciation and honor their service. That monument is a great step in that direction," said Patrick O'Leary, Veterans Affairs Manager of UPS. 

UPS has a program called "Wishes Delivered" and partnered with Gold Star Families to move the 12,000 pound granite monument from Georgia to West Virginia.

The memorials have four panels with a different themes. They are Homeland, Family, Patriot, and Sacrifice.

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