Posted on: 10/11/2017
The groundbreaking for the Gold-Star Memorial Monument was held on October 10th at Lookout Park in Marietta with the city's mayor Joe Matthews serving as the Master of Ceremonies.
The Gold-Star concept began during World War II. Its purpose is to honor families that have lost a loved one at war. There are currently 25 monuments of this nature around the country. There's even one across the river in Vienna. Half of the money for the construction of the monument had to be raised beforehand and Mayor Matthews tells Landon Santini of WMOA News that they have hit that mark.
"But we've already raised half of the money now. So they'll be starting construction of it any day I imagine."
Among the total of that half, People's Bank has contributed $15 thousand for the construction of this monument, with additional funding thanks to generous donations from Marietta community members, and the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce. It's a good start, but if you'd like to help, the city is still currently accepting donations to cover the cost of the monument.