By Associated Press - Monday, June 6, 2016

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Barboursville Park will soon be home to a Gold Star Memorial Monument honoring the families who lost members while serving in the United States military.

Media outlets report that a ground breaking ceremony was held Sunday for what will be the third Gold Star Memorial Monument in the state.

Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient who fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, spoke at the groundbreaking. Williams founded the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation in 2012. Among its goals, Williams said, is to “remember the family members who sacrificed their loved one.”

Jerry Beckett, a member of the Cabell County Committee for the Gold Star Memorial Monument, says dozens of community members contributed $50,000 to make the monument possible.

The monument is expected to be completed in a few months.

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