GOLD STAR MONUMENT NORTHFIELD VERMONT

The Gold Star Family Memorial Monument in Northfield.  Compass Vermont photo. 

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Norwich University has announced that it will join American Legion Norwich University Post 1819 for a special ceremony to recognize the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001. 

Vermont Governor Phil Scott will attend the ceremony as well.  


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The event is at the Gold Star Family Memorial Monument on Route 12 in Northfield on Saturday, September 11 at 11:00 am. 

The monument is located in Northfield Village, across from the Kreitzberg Library in the village common.  

Gold Star Monuments were the brainchild of Marine veteran Woody Willams, who started a foundation first to establish a monument in his home state of West Virginia, but they expanded the goal to have a memorial in every state and territory associated with the United States.  

Today there are 87 Gold Star monuments in place and 77 more in progress. 

According to the foundation

Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments are a two-sided tribute made of black granite. One side bears the words: 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. At the center of this tribute is a silhouette of a saluting service member, which represents the Legacy of the Loved Ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Freedom. Together, these features tell each community's unique story based upon the Pillars of the Foundation.