On Saturday, Jan. 27, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum hosted the South Carolina Gold Star Families Monument dedication ceremony presented by the Hershel Woody Williams Congressional Medal of Honor Education Foundation, Inc.

The purpose of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is to honor Gold Star Families, preserve the memory of the fallen, and stand as a stark reminder that freedom is not free.

The monument will recognize and honor South Carolina Gold Star families who have sacrificed a loved one in support of America’s freedom through every conflict since World War I. Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams was the honorary guest in charge of leading the ceremony with the aid of several dignitaries from the S.C. Gold Star Families Board of Directors.