On Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward, Calif., was dedicated. This memorial was designed and the vision of Medal of Honor recipient Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams, a life member of The American Legion. Woody is a 94-year-young U.S. Marine who earned his MOH for combat actions in WWII during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Woody's goal is to have at least one of these memorials built in all 50 states. The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Hayward is the 29th, and the first in California and on the West Coast. Two years ago, American Legion life member and Marine Corps veteran Michael L. Emerson and his team chose to donate their efforts and time to found, collect the needed donations and build this memorial to honor and remember the families of our fallen United States military heroes. This was a labor of love for them. Emerson was the emcee of the event. We were pleased to have about 150 people attend the dedication, including "Woody" Williams himself, U.S. Congressman Eric Swalwell, Mayor of Hayward Barbara Halliday, Gold Star Families representative Kevin Graves, and Lone Tree General Manager Ray Ortner, who all gave speeches. Local members and the honor guard from The American Legion attended and participated in the dedication. We would also like to send out our sympathies and condolences to all Gold Star Families, and honor your loved ones and your family's sacrifice.