Photo Gallery: Monumental

Photo by Jared Smith An aerial view of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, center, and surrounding concrete surface in the shape of West Virginia at Parkersburg City Park across from the pond.
Photo by Pat Davis A concrete surface in the shape of West Virginia surrounds the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at Parkersburg City Park.
Photo Provided Standing at the new historical marker for the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in City Park are, from left, Roy Trembly, commanding officer of Mid-Ohio Valley Platoon of Marine Corps Veterans Association; John Sprigg, of the Mid-Ohio Valley Platoon of MCVA, and Matt Cornell, a Marine.

PARKERSBURG — Even after the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument was dedicated June 10 in Parkersburg’s City Park, more work remained to be done at the monument site. A concrete surface for the monument in the shape of West Virginia was recently added. A historical marker made by Sewah Studios of Marietta was recently installed at the site. Gold Star families are those who have lost a loved one in service to the country. The Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation has assisted in the building and dedication of 48 Gold Star monuments around the country, including in Parkersburg. One side of the monument reads, “Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, A tribute to Gold Star Families and Relatives, who sacrificed a Loved One for our Freedom.” The other side is divided into four sections labeled Homeland, Family, Patriot and Sacrifice.

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