Oct 11 2018
Phil Kabler | Charleston Gazette Mail
A new monument will be coming to the state Capitol grounds with the Capitol Building Commission’s approval Thursday of a site location for the Gold Star Families memorial monument.
The location approved Thursday is the triangle of lawn southeast of the state Veterans Memorial and northwest of the West Wing of the Capitol.
John Myers, who was administration secretary during the site selection process, told commissioners the site was selected because of its proximity to the Veterans Memorial and the nearby statue honoring women veterans.
The monument, recognizing families of service men and women killed in action, was authorized by a legislative resolution approved in January.
“I met with some of those families when we did the resolution,” Senate Clerk Lee Cassis said Thursday. “I think the goal is to have one on every Capitol campus in the country.”
Myers said the monument features four granite panels on a 26 foot-by-5½ foot concrete base.
He said General Services Division workers concluded it is unlikely there are any utility lines underneath the plot of land where the monument will be installed.
According to the Gold Star Families Memorials website, the monuments are a project of the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, and in January, Williams addressed a rare joint session of the House and Senate to thank the legislators for their resolution in support of locating the monument on the Capitol grounds.
According to the website, 43 monuments have been dedicated, and 44 other are in progress, in a total of 39 states.
No timetable for installation of the monument at the Capitol was immediately available.