HARTFORD —The town of Hartford has received two grants from the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation, one of which will result in a new monument dedicated to the Gold Star Families of America in Hartford and Mason County.
The grant for the monument is $15,000. The monument will serve as an educational tool to honor the sacrifice made by families of fallen service members. According to town officials, it will bring the Gold Star Families recognition for their sacrifices in time of conflict and peace.
Only one other such monument exists in the country that specifically honors the Gold Star Families. It is located at the West Virginia State Veterans Cemetery and was designed by Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams, who has also pledged to design the new monument and be present at the dedication. Williams recently spoke about his focus on Gold Star Families at an event in Mason County, where resident James McCormick, a veteran of the U.S. Army, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for actions he took in combat in 2004 during the Iraq War. At this ceremony, Williams said of the Gold Star Families, “Everybody grieves and everybody suffers” when they lose a loved one who has served their country.
In addition, Hartford also received a Claflin grant for $2,135 which will be used for the purpose of law enforcement tools and protective equipment to provide for the safety and security of citizens in Hartford. The grant was awarded to the police department.