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July 11, 2017 > Monument to honor fallen war heroes planned

Monument to honor fallen war heroes planned

Submitted By Michael Emerson

Fund-raising is underway to add a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at Lone Star Cemetery in Hayward. The idea behind the monument is to honor families of soldiers in the armed forces who died protecting the nationÕs freedom and helped give freedom to other people who never experienced it. These survivors are called Gold Star families.

The Gold Star Family Memorial Monument is the vision of Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams" who established the Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation (a charitable not-for-profit organization) in 2012 with specific goals and objectives to bring his full vision to fruition.

Goals and objectives are centered around six core values:
¥ Courage
¥ Sacrifice
¥ Patriotism
¥ Citizenship
¥ Integrity
¥ Commitment

Locally, spearheading the plan for a memorial at Lone Tree Cemetery is Michael L. Emerson, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. The memorial site and design are complete and fundraising for the project is underway. So far, about $35,000 has been raised with just $7,500 more needed to fully fund the project.

A team working on the Hayward project hope to finish and dedicate the memorial in October 2017. For details about how to make a charitable and tax-deductible donation to help complete the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Hayward, call Michael Emerson at (510) 247-0777 or send an email to

More details about the Hershel ÒWoodyÓ Williams Medal of Honor Foundation can be found at:

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