Ahead of Veteran’s Day A Gold Star Memorial was Unveiled at MacDill Park
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A new memorial honoring Gold Star families was unveiled at Tampa’s MacDill Park during a ceremony on Saturday. Please find the video here http://www.tampagov.net/cable.
The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument will serve to honor the more than 300 Gold Star families in the Tampa Bay region.
Speakers during Saturday’s ceremony included Tampa Mayor Jane Castor; Gen Richard Clarke, Commander, US Special Operations Command; VADM Malloy, Dep Commander, US Central Command; Col Ben Jonsson, Commander, 6th Air Refueling Wing and Hershel "Woody" Williams, one of two surviving Medal of Honor winners from World War II. Several Gold Star families from Tampa Bay were also in attendance.
Medal of Honor Recipient Hershal “Woody” Williams, 97, highlighted the Memorial unveiling. CWO4 (Chief Warrant Officer 4) Retired Williams received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Battle of Iwo Jima; presented by President Truman in 1945. See Website: www.hwwmohfoundation.org.
Located: MacDill Park
100 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602
The privately funded Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is made of granite weighing over 15,000 lbs and measures 13 feet long and 7 feet high.
Gold Star families are those who have lost a Loved One in combat operations.