GOLD STAR MOTHERS TO DEDICATE FLAGPOLE AND MONUMENT
Salt Lake City, Utah - A monument dedicated to "all Gold Star Mothers, past present and future", will be dedicated in a ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. (1300 hrs) Saturday June 12th, 2010 at the Veteran's Section of the Salt Lake City Cemetery (200 "N" Street).
The American Gold Star Mothers are an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country.
The new 35ft. flagpole at the center of the monument will replace an older worn flagpole. A large natural Utah quarried limestone rock with the tribute "In loving memory of all Gold Star Mothers, past present and future" etched into the face will rest adjacent to the new flagpole.
This monument has been over a year in the conception and is presented to the cemetery by local Gold Star Mothers seeking to honor those who, like themselves, have lost a son or daughter in the service to our country, past, present and future.
All members of all branches of the military, both currently serving and veterans, have been invited as well as local dignitaries and government officials. Major General Brian L. Tarbet, the Adjutant General of the Utah National Guard and General Neal Black of the Army Reserve will address those attending. Many of the Gold Star Mothers currently living in Utah are expected to attend as well Patriot Guard Riders who have stood vigil during burial services of many of those whose mothers are being honored.
The initial raising of the flag will be presented by an honor guard consisting of members of the various branches of military.
Several local businesses donated time and resources toward the completion of the monument.
June 12th was selected due to it's proximity to Flag Day which is Monday June 14th.
This memorial represents a collaborative effort between many of the local Gold Star Mothers to honor their own. It is both needed and of value and supports the mission of the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs.
Enter the Salt Lake City Cemetery from the north east corner of the intersection of 4th Ave. and "N" Street, Salt Lake City, Utah. Please contact Colleen Parkin (AGSM) (801) 809-8866 for more information.
For Immediate Release