The Town of Berlin Veterans Commission is proud to announce that Berlin has been chosen to be the home of the Gold Star Families Monument in Connecticut. This monument is being built to: To honor, recognize, and serve Gold Star Families and the legacy of their Loved Ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The monument will be built in the Berlin Veterans Memorial Park on Veterans Way. We are hoping to have it built and dedicated on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, which is the last Sunday in September. That would be Sept. 26, 2021.
We are collaborating with the Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation to build the monument. The Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation is a charitable 501c(3) nonprofit organization that pursues specific endeavors and goals through the vision of the Medal of Honor recipient. The foundation encourages, with the assistance of the American public and community leaders, establishing permanent Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments in communities throughout the United States, conducting Gold Star families outreach across the country, providing Living Legacy scholarships to eligible Gold Star children, and advocating for educational benefits for all Gold Star family members.
The impact of the foundation’s work helps to raise public awareness about Gold Star families’ enduring sacrifice and the ultimate sacrifice made by their loved ones. The foundation wishes to educate the community about these sacrifices, reminding us all that freedom has not been and is not free.
The foundation developed the mission and goals for honoring Gold Star families based on five philosophical pillars representing Homeland, Family, Patriot, Sacrifice and Legacy. These were important to the fallen loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice, the families who continue to endure their sacrifice and the legacy they have left behind. These pillars are so profound that they inspired the creation and model of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument as it is today.
The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is two sided. The front specifically honors Gold Star families with the statement, “A Tribute to Gold Star Families and Relatives Who Sacrificed a Loved One for Our Freedom.” The reverse of the monument shows the pillars and representative images for each. And, within the monument there is an open silhouette that represents the missing family member surrounded by the pillars and the legacy they left behind.