ELKIN — Anticipation is constructing for the location of a Gold Star Memorial Monument in Elkin, the primary of its variety in Northwestern NC and Southwest Virginia.
“We’re very excited right here and the encompassing areas. This has been a two and half 12 months challenge lastly coming to fruition,” stated Jon Garing. Garing is committee chairman of the group which has labored on the challenge to convey the memorial to Elkin Municipal Park, situated at 399 Hwy 268 West.
The monument, which is anticipated to be positioned on the park on Might 13, will signify the sacrifice of the households whose family members died in service to the nation.
Garing stated anyplace from 20 to 40 Gold Star households are anticipated to attend a dedication ceremony deliberate for Might 30 at 2 p.m.
The Memorial Day weekend ceremony will embrace greater than 100 bike riders from The Rolling Thunder, an Military band, Shade Guard and helicopter flyover. Particular audio system lined for the ceremony embrace Herschel “Woody” Williams, 97, final surviving recipient of Medal of Honor WWII and Harold Frank, Purple Coronary heart and Bronze Star recipient, 95, a survivor from D-Day at Utah seashore, the place he was shot and captured by Germans, was a WWII POW.
“We’re anticipating a terrific occasion,” stated Garing.
City leaders and Veterans of International Wars (VFW) members had been joined by Gold Star Household, Don and Beth Garner, for a groundbreaking ceremony for the monument in October of final 12 months.
Beth Garner stated she was so appreciative of the work that had been executed to lift funds for the challenge to attract consciousness to the various households who’ve misplaced family members who had been serving within the navy.
“It might have meant a lot to Mark,” added Garner. Garner’s son, U.S. Military Captain Mark Garner of Elkin was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. Garner was an Elkin Excessive Faculty graduate in addition to a graduate of the US Army Academy at West Level. The Elkin VFW Publish 7794 is called the Captain Mark Garner Publish in his reminiscence.
The memorial monument, which shall be situated by the flagpole on the park, can have 4 panels representing homeland, household, patriot and sacrifice. Benches and plantings shall be positioned close to the monument.
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