Gold Star Memorial dedication Saturday

The Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial (SCVM) will host the dedication of the first National Garden Club Gold Star Memorial in the United States Saturday, Oct. 15.

The Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial board, and the Ivy League Garden Club, are presenting this event at 1 p.m. at the Memorial, 3901 Wilgus Ave., Sheboygan where over 50 new names will be honored and added to the Memorial.

The National Garden Club, to which the Ivy League Garden Club belongs, is recognized throughout the country for their dedication to veterans and honoring them and their families. The Ivy League Garden Club dedicated a Blue Star Memorial 20 years ago, and is now dedicating a Gold Star Memorial in Sheboygan.

Gold Stars are found in the windows or homes of a family that lost a family member in the service of the country.

Blue Star memorials (meaning a family member is serving in the service) have been dedicated by the Garden Club for many years throughout the country. Sheboygan was chosen by the Ivy League Garden Club as the location of the first Gold Star memorial after last year’s ceremony honoring the anniversary of the Blue Star memorial. Garden Club members from across the country attended last year’s ceremony and were touched by the pride and honor they found at the Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial.

National Blue Star Memorial Marker Chairperson, Andrea Little of Westborough, Mass., and Wisconsin Blue Star Memorial Marker Chairperson’s Charles and Linda McCafferty will be present for this dedication. They will share insight into the Gold Star Families Project state wide and nationally.

The SCVM was dedicated in 1994 to honor veterans of wars and conflicts from the Civil Way through today’s conflicts in the Global War on Terror. The granite memorials display the names of those killed in action on one side and the names of those who served on the other side.

In August 2014 the SCVM hosted the 20th anniversary weekend and at this event many families signed up to have family members names added to the appropriate wall. Names of those who served are added as family members file a memorial request form (found on the website www.scvmemorial.org, with the processing fee of $150).

The SCVM is a local not-forprofit that receives no state or national government funding. Funding for the upkeep and expansion of the memorial is solely developed through the memorial board by donations from individuals and companies throughout Sheboygan County.

The 20th Anniversary brought an unexpected interest in the Memorial with requests to have names added to the Memorial. This response resulted in the need for an additional wall. This wall was dedicated in 2015.

SCVM board President Allen Nohl commented, “The committee was overwhelmed with pride when the Ivy League Garden Club selected Sheboygan to be the home of the first Gold Star Memorial that they are dedicating.”

The SCVM board consists of eight Sheboygan county veterans and two honorary members that meet monthly to keep the memorial updated and maintained. Volunteers are welcome and appreciated to assist in any way. Donations, requests and details can be received by mailing to SCVM, PO Box 953, Sheboygan 5308-0953 or online at www.scvmemorial.org or emailing anohl@excel.net.


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