ELKIN — Anticipation is constructing for the position of a Gold Star Memorial Monument in Elkin, the primary of its sort in Northwestern NC and Southwest Virginia.
“We’re very excited right here and the encircling areas. This has been a two and half 12 months undertaking lastly coming to fruition,” mentioned Jon Garing. Garing is committee chairman of the group which has labored on the undertaking to deliver the memorial to Elkin Municipal Park, situated at 399 Hwy 268 West.
The monument, which is predicted to be positioned on the park on Could 13, will symbolize the sacrifice of the households whose family members died in service to the nation.
Garing mentioned anyplace from 20 to 40 Gold Star households are anticipated to attend a dedication ceremony deliberate for Could 30 at 2 p.m.
The Memorial Day weekend ceremony will embrace greater than 100 bike riders from The Rolling Thunder, an Military band, Coloration 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 seaside, the place he was shot and captured by Germans, was a WWII POW.
“We’re anticipating an important occasion,” mentioned Garing.
City leaders and Veterans of Overseas 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 mentioned she was so appreciative of the work that had been finished to lift funds for the undertaking to attract consciousness to the numerous 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 College graduate in addition to a graduate of america Army Academy at West Level. The Elkin VFW Put up 7794 is known as the Captain Mark Garner Put up in his reminiscence.
The memorial monument, which will probably be situated by the flagpole on the park, can have 4 panels representing homeland, household, patriot and sacrifice. Benches and plantings will probably be positioned close to the monument.
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