In honor of the families of servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the U.S. military, the City of Lynnwood has been selected to be the future home a new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument.
At a Nov. 10 Veterans Appreciation Dinner honoring local veterans, Mayor Nicola Smith announced that the new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument will be installed in Lynnwood’s Veterans Park. In addition to the installation of the monument, Veterans Park will undergo capital improvements to enhance the aesthetic and functionality of the park. The city’s parks and recreation team will work closely with local Veterans of Foreign War Post 1040 on the planned park improvements.
Mayor Nicola Smith said she was thrilled to announce the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument decision to the room full of veterans and their families during the appreciation dinner, sponsored by the Lynnwood Convention Center.
“We are grateful and honored to have been selected as the future home of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument,” Smith said. “The city council and I remain committed to ensuring Lynnwood is a veteran-supportive and welcoming community while honoring the great service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes and the families that support them.”
The project to bring Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments to all 50 states was started in 2010 by Hershel “Woody” Williams, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient from WWII. The Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation is dedicated to honoring and paying tribute to families who have sacrificed a loved one in service of their country. The project is also supported by the Washington State Gold Star Mothers.
The groundbreaking date for the monument is yet to be announced. A Gold Star Family Monument – Lynnwood, WA Facebook has been established where you can track the progress and learn about ways to support this effort. More information can also be found on the Hershel Woody Williams Foundation webpage.