Gold Star Families Memorial

Today, Saturday the 28th of September 2019, I had the privilege of attending the very first ever dedication of a Gold star Family Monument on a state capitol’s grounds. It was at #1 Capital Mall, Little Rock Arkansas, on the west side of the capitol building. There were many dignitaries in attendance, the most important were the 200 or more Gold Star Family Members in attendance. One of our guest speakers was Sharri Briley, the Gold Star Wife of CWO4 Donovan Briley of black Hawk Down. Our other very important speaker was Medal of Honor recipient Hershel ” Woody” Williams, who has a foundation promoting and helping build monuments all over the country. His speech was very inspiring and heartwarming. I would also like to congratulate and thank Marine Corp League members Dwight Witcher, Paul Garret, and John Smallwood for their leadership and hard work in spearheading this project from start to finish, and job well done by all. I would also like to thank two Department of Arkansas Detachments, Sidney S. McMath Det. 532 and Dale W. Langford Det. 1323 for the support of this project.

Johnny Gothard


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