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Memorial In Veteran's Park To Honor Military Families

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Military heroes are often remembered, but left behind are their families who also pay the price. Those families will now be honored in Lexington’s Veteran’s Park.

World War II Veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams said he can remember when families with a loved one in the armed forces would hang a blue star flag in their windows. We don’t really do that anymore and the sacrifices of military families often go unnoticed.

That’s why Williams spent his 92nd birthday delivering this message.

"So now we go by a house, we have no idea that home has somebody serving in the Armed Forces. Then we go by another home and somebody there had given their life, but we have no way of knowing that. So we have no way of paying tribute to that family,” said Williams.

Lexington’s Veteran’s Park will now pay tribute to those families with the Gold Star Family Memorial Monument.

"If one of us had given our life in the armed forces then that blue star would have changed to a gold star. So that's where the name Gold Star comes from,” said Williams.

Local businesses and charities are working to pick up the more than $35,000 tab for the memorial, because they say the cause is close to their hearts.

"We have friends and families that have lost loved ones. We're all somewhat affected by Gold Star Family Memorials...our families need a memorial,” said David Dressman with Blue Core Charity.

The memorial is expected to be completed by November 15.

If you would like to make a donation to this project, click here.

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