On Saturday, March the 4th there was a community-wide paint party at the former Stone Wall West Motor Inn located at 1030 West Main Street next to Godfather's Pizza.
This project benefited the new Gold Star Family Inn that provides FREE vacation packages to the families of the fallen military and police officers that have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
Come for an hour or any part of any day to continue the work. Call 417-336-3636 for more information.
First Fund Raiser Raises $500.00
The first fund raiser was the sale of beautiful Wisconsin Pine Christmas wreaths donated by Kay and Joy Friberg.
The 1st Presbyterian Church in Downtown Branson, Missouri were so gracious to allow us to sell them to church members. Thank you Pastor Tom Wilcox and staff, we raised $500.00!
College of the Ozarks breaks ground on Gold Star Families Memorial
Last November, the College of the Ozarks broke ground for the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument.
The ceremony iwas held at the Veterans Grove on the college campus at Point Lookout.
Many from the public were in attendance. According to the college, the purpose of the monument is to honor Gold Star families — those who have lost immediate family members killed in their service to the country — to preserve the memory of the fallen.
“We are honored to provide this Memorial for those who have lost loved ones who have been killed in service to our country,” said college president Jerry Davis, in a news release. “They made a huge sacrifice for our freedom and should be properly recognized. We can never replace lost loved ones, but we can honor their memories and these families who have given so much.”
The monument will be the first of its kind in Missouri, according to the college. The black granite monument will feature two sides. One side will include the inscription "Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, a tribute to Gold Star Mothers, Fathers, and Relatives who have sacrificed a Loved One for our Freedom." The other side tells a story through the four granite panels: Homeland, Family, Patriot and Sacrifice. The scenes on each panel are a reflection of each community’s Gold Star families and their fallen heroes, the release said.
Katherine Yung, a senior and art education major at the college, will help design the four panels.
The memorial on the College of the Ozarks campus is presented in cooperation with The Hershel Woody Williams Congressional Medal of Honor Education Foundation, Inc. Hershel “Woody” Williams was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman for his actions on the island of Iwo Jima in February 1945. “Heroes are those who paid the final sacrifice with their life,” Williams said in the release. “Those are the true heroes. This Monument pays tribute and honors the families of those who sacrificed one or more of their loved ones in the armed forces for our freedoms.” The monument will be completed in the Spring of 2017.
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) applauded Senate approval today of legislation to expand the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project to allow for the sharing of information on the lives of service members who are missing in action or who have died as a result of their service. The bipartisan Gold Star Families Voices Act was introduced in the Senate by Blumenthal and U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (D-KS) and led in the House by Esty, U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), and others.
“The Veterans History Project is an incredible national resource that allows our men and women in uniform to share their stories with generations of future Americans. But that narrative – which is so critical to understanding and preserving our history – is incomplete without the voices of service members missing or killed in action,” Blumenthal said. “I am proud to join a bipartisan group in Congress – including Senator Moran and my Connecticut colleague, Representative Esty – in leading this effort to help ensure that those who made the ultimate sacrifice are never forgotten.”
“We can only have a full understanding of the reality of war if we hear from those who have felt that reality most deeply – the loved ones of the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation,” Esty said. “I’m thrilled to see this legislation on the verge of becoming law. Once it does, I’m excited to interview Gold Star Families from our community like the Nolans, Kights, and Reichs to ensure their enormous contributions to our nation’s freedom and security are preserved for generations to come. Their stories will help ensure that future Americans honor and understand the sacrifices that our fallen heroes and their families have made.”
Congress created the VHP in 2000 to collect and catalog the stories of American war veterans. The purpose of the VHP is “to preserve the memories of this Nation’s war veterans so that Americans of all current and future generations may hear directly from veterans and better appreciate the realities of war and the sacrifices made by those who served in uniform during wartime.” To date, the VHP has collected the oral history records of more than 100,000 veterans who have served in military engagements since World War I.
The Gold Star Families Voices Act would allow the parents, spouses, siblings and children of servicemembers who are missing or killed in action to participate in the VHP by telling the stories of their loved ones.
Blumenthal and Esty have also both introduced legislation to establish stamps that honor those who have died in service to their country. Blumenthal recently sponsored the Gold Star Families Voices Act, which would honor the sacrifice of Gold Star Families by re-issuing the “Gold Star” stamp that the U.S. Post Office Department first issued in 1948.