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Hershel "Woody" Williams is one of the last living Medal of Honor recipients from World War II. For his his heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Iwo Jima, Woody was presented United States military's highest decoration for valor-The Congressional Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman.
The Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation is a charitable 501c(3) organization that pursues specific endeavors and goals through the vision of Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams
The Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation will honor Gold Star Families, Relatives and Children by building Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments throughout the United States.
The Monuments are meant to provide a place of permanence for Gold Star Families to gather. These Monuments belong to them and their fallen loved ones.
The Monument will demonstrate to Shenandoah Valley Gold Star Families that our community cares for them and appreciates their sacrifice while also honoring the ultimate sacrifice paid by their Loved Ones. Please consider supporting our efforts so we can make this Monument a reality.
For more information about The Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation and The Shenandoah Valley Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, please visit: www.hwwmohfoundation.org
The Monument consists of Four Etched Black Granite Panels and is 16 Feet Wide and 6 Feet tall. At the center of this tribute is the most distinctive feature of the monument, the cutout represents the Loved One who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of Freedom.
Our committee has started a fundraising campaign and we anticipate the Monument site ground breaking to take place in May 2020 with a completed Monument dedication in November 2020.
Please visit this website to order a Memorial Brick and support The Shenandoah Valley Gold Star Families Memorial Monument. Your tax deductible donation is paid to The American Legion Post 188 350 Waterman Drive Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802. The Post is a Federal Nonprofit 501c3 Federal ID # 54-1492414.
Our Committee wishes to sincerely thank the board members of Virginia's Augusta County Public Schools for supporting this project and allowing us to locate the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument on the system's property directly across from Valley Career and Technical Center located at 49 Hornet Road, Fisherville, Virginia 22939.
The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument will be located on the site of the former Woodrow Wilson General Hospital, a federal government facility of about 135 single-story brick buildings caring for more than 4,000 sick, injured, and wounded World War II soldiers from June of 1943 until spring of 1946. The memorial monument will be located adjacent to the Woodrow Wilson General Hospital Memorial Monument, dedicated on Memorial Day May 30, 2016, and the sheltered WWGH video pavilion dedicated on November 12, 2018. The WWGH Memorial is seen in the photo to the left. The WWGH Memorial Monument honors the soldiers at the Woodrow Wilson General Hospital and the military and civilian communities who treated and cared for them. May we never forget our soldiers and the courageous sacrifices they render to safeguard our freedoms in the greatest nation ever, these United States of America.
The total budget cost of the Monument including Memorial Benches, Site Preparation, Lighting, Flags and Landscaping is $66,000.00. This cost can be significantly lowered with in-kind donations of construction material and contractor services. Funds raised in excess of budget will be donated to the Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation and the American Legion Post 188 Harrisonburg, Virginia.
"For the loved ones who lost a loved one in our Armed Forces at any time in our history, the war is never over, the loss never goes away. America owes these people an honor and a tribute that we have never given them." Hershel "Woody" Williams
We are an all-volunteer committee that has developed plans to raise funds to dedicate a Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundations Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. The monument will be located on the grounds of Augusta County Public Schools, directly across from Valley Career and Technical Center, 49 Hornet Road, Fishersville, Virginia 22939. The historic site is the location of the former Woodrow Wilson General Hospital, one of several federal government projects constructed after the outbreak of World War II to care for thousands of returning, suffering soldiers.
We have created a Memorial Brick Donation website so that individuals, families, civic organizations and businesses can order a Memorial Brick and make a tax-deductible donation. The bricks can be personalized with the name of a Family Member and are available in two sizes: small bricks are 4"x8" for $100.00 and large bricks are 8"x8" for $200.00. Also, a limited number of Sponsor Benches are available for $5,000.00
This project was started by Jerry Dumont, Honorary Board Member of The Hershel "Woody"Williams Medal of Honor Foundation and Shenandoah Valley resident. Our committee has been formed and includes: Eddie Humes, Cmdr. American Legion Post 188 Harrisonburg, Virgina; Benny Whitsell, Cmdr. American Legion Post 13 Staunton, Virginia and many other volunteers and supporters of the project
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