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RIVERSIDE CA PROJECT - GOLD STAR FAMILIES MEMORIAL MONUMENT The State of CALIFORNIA's new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument honoring the families of servicemen and women killed in the line of duty is now shaping up to become a reality through the efforts of Gold Star Wife DeeDee Rodler, President, Gold Star Wives of America, Inland Empire Chapter. Dee Dee is the Chairman of the committee for the Gold Star Family Memorial Monument project in Riverside, CA and an Honorary Board Member, Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation. The committee for the memorial will be comprised of several Gold Star Family members and business leaders from the area. To learn more about donating to the Gold Star Family Memorial, please contact Dee Dee Rodler at: (951) 551-7328. A Gold Star family is a wife, husband, mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, parent through adoption, foster parents who stand or stood in loco parentis, children, stepchildren, children through adoption, brothers, sisters, half brothers, half sisters, aunts, uncles, grandchildren and grandparents of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States that sacrificed their life for our way of life and the American flag under which they served. The Gold Star Family Memorial was created by Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody’ Williams to remember those families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. To learn more about the memorial, please visit our Gold Star Families Memorial Monument web page. "Dying for freedom isn't the worst thing that can happen. Being forgotten is." Georgie Carter-Krell (Mother of Posthumous Medal or Honor Recipient Pfc. Bruce W. Carter, USMC- Florida

Marines, and Friends, Last Friday, the SET (Special Events Team of Semper Fi #1) and I were honored to be participants in a dedication ceremony for a monument for the Gold Star families. These are American families who have lost loved ones in combat, as a result of war, or from diseases going back to WWll. The real honor was that the primary speaker was Chief Warrant Officer Herschel Williams, who was the recipient of the Medal of Honor during WWll, on the Island of Iwo Jima, for using a flame thrower to destroy seven Japanese bunkers. Mr. Williams is a great supporter of placing a Gold Star monument in every national cemetery. He gave an outstanding presentation on his goal on getting more support and monuments, for Gold Star families. Mr. Williams feels, like most of us, that somehow in the rush of our society, these families who have sacrificed so much, are at times forgotten, and we forget who the real heroes of this country are. You would have been proud of the precision, and professionalism shown by the SET team as a color guard, an honor detail, (that consisted of a rifle detail, playing of taps, flag folding, and presentation of flag and rifle casing). They were outstanding. Also, I was privileged to be asked to make a presentation on volunteers, who at their own expense, render honors for veterans and their families. It was an honor to represent all of our veterans who are also in my opinion, heroes. A big thanks to Dee Dee Rodler for coordinating the entire ceremony, Richard Burns for picking up Mr. Williams from the airport, Master of Ceremony Theresa Roach, Chaplain Robert Harris, Janet Williams (reading of poem), Young Marines, Tara Reppert (National Anthem) and to the Patriot Guard for doing an outstanding job of escorting Mr. Williams' motorcade to the cemetery. Below is a link to the ceremony.

God Bless America and the Gold Star Families, Semper Fi, Enoch "Mac" McClain, President Semper Fi Memorial Honor Detail   Click below to view event.