On Saturday April 29, 2017, Gold Star families, local dignitaries, community leaders, and military service members joined the Michigan Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Committee at Battery Park in downtown Bay City to break ground for a new memorial monument dedicated to all Gold Star families.
Gold Star families are the families of a loved one who gave their life to protect our freedom and to give freedom to many who have never experienced it. Those Gold Star families have rarely been given the recognition and honor they deserve for their sacrifices and suffering in keeping America free.
America has numerous memorials and monuments which pay tribute to those who have faithfully served in our Armed Forces since becoming a Nation. Many honor the patriots who have given their lives for our freedom.
But America has citizens in every community and hamlet who are family members of someone who has made the ultimate sacrifice while in the service of their country. The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument will honor those families who have given more than most of us, illustrating that these families suffer and grieve dearly when a relative is lost while in the service of our country. Without their sacrifices, freedom could not and would not have been preserved.
Plans call for a state-wide fund raising campaign to raise the estimated $75,000-$80,000 required for site preparation, black granite monument, and to establish a maintenance fund.
This memorial monument is being developed in cooperation between The Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation and the Bay Veterans Foundation. Dedication is planned for September 30, 2017.