A new monument in honor of Gold Star Families will be unveiled at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24 at Antelope Park, 1650 Memorial Dr. The monument is a gift to Nebraska in its Sesquicentennial year, honoring all families who have lost loved ones in the U.S. Armed Forces in the past 150 years.

Hershel “Woody” Williams, who is helping to make these monuments possible, is the last living medal of honor recipient for his service at Iwo Jima. His foundation’s mission is to have a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in every state. The Nebraska monument is the 23rd to be dedicated. Williams will speak at the dedication.

The public is invited to attend. Seating is limited; lawn chairs are advised. Parking is available off of Memorial Drive, south of Auld Pavilion. In case of inclement weather, the dedication will be held in Auld Pavilion.

“No one has sacrificed more for Nebraska in the past 150 years than our fallen military,” said Barbara Bartle, president of the Lincoln Community Foundation. “This monument is a beautiful tribute to honor the Gold Star Families who continue to endure their loss.”

The Nebraska Gold Star Families Memorial Monument was funded by Lincoln Community Foundation, the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, the City of Lincoln, Clark Enersen Partners, Nebraska Gold Star Wives – Omaha Chapter, Rixstine Recognition and Sampson Construction Company, Inc.

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