Gold Star Families Memorial Monument
Gold Star Families Memorial Monument
Gold shovels were in the hands of key contributors, dignitaries, and donors to participate in the ground-breaking ceremony for a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument.
St. George Mayor Michele Randall and City Council Members have approved a place in Historic Town Square for a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument. The purpose of this monument is to honor the families whose loved ones served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. The placement of The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Town Square adds to our heritage and creates an opportunity to place a legacy piece in Historic Downtown to honor the families and their loved ones.
The “Gold Star” originated during World War I after being placed over a service flag’s blue star when a service member was killed in combat. The term has expanded to describe families who have experienced the loss of a service member, regardless of whether the death occurred in action.
The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is a two-sided tribute made of black granite with a silhouette of a saluting service member in the middle. On the monument’s front panel, the words placed are “Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, a tribute to Gold Star Families and Relatives who sacrificed a Loved One for our Freedom.” The other side tells a story through the four granite panels: Homeland, Family, Patriot, and Sacrifice. Together, these panels convey the community’s unique story based upon the Pillars of the Foundation. St. George’s monument will depict our Dixie Spirit and tell our own community story on the four panels of the memorial.
Mayor Michele Randall, Gold Star Wife Jennie Taylor, and many community members—including Stephen Wade—took part in the ground-breaking event. The monument is a reminder that our freedom does come at a price, and members of our community will have a place to pay tribute and honor those fallen soldiers and their families. We will not forget them and what they have done for us.
Currently, there is only one Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Utah, which is in North Ogden and was dedicated following the passing of North Ogden City’s Mayor, Major Brent Taylor. “We’re trying to build bridges and connect people,” explained Jennie Taylor, a Gold Star widow herself and the main driving force behind having the monument placed in North Ogden. Taylor’s late husband Brent, who was unexpectedly killed in Afghanistan in late 2018, was a military intelligence officer in the Utah Army National Guard in addition to serving as the mayor of North Ogden City.
|North Ogden City Gold Star Families Memorial Monument (Photo Courtesy of Utah National Guard)|
The St. George City Gold Star Families Memorial Monument will be the second in the state and is on track to be dedicated on November 10th, prior to Veteran’s Day. The dedication ceremony will be open to the public and will feature the Gold Star Families. The program will highlight the families who have lost loved ones while serving in the armed forces. This monument will provide a place for the families to visit frequently to mourn and always remember their sacrifice.
The City of St. George needs to raise over $60,0000 to build and place the monument in Historic Town Square. Members of the Gold Star Committee have currently raised $40,000 leading into Memorial Day Weekend. The gracious donors will be recognized with their names engraved on the benches and plaques next to the monument. In addition, St. George Mayor Randall will recognize those key community contributors at the dedication ceremony. If you would like to donate, you can do so on the St. George City website.