Kent County Vietnam Veterans to Create a Gold Star Memorial

Contact: David Skocik

Kent Co. Vietnam Veterans to Create a Gold Star Memorial

Kent Co. Chapter 850 of the Vietnam Veterans of America has voted to create a memorial to Gold Star Mothers and Families of all conflicts.

The memorial will be built in a place of honor in the circle surrounding the Kent Co. Vietnam Memorial.

“We cannot think of a more appropriate memorial to acknowledge and honor the sacrifices of mothers and families who have lost someone in defense of our great nation, said Joe Startt Jr., Chap. 850 president.

The memorial will be made of the same granite as the existing structure and will include a gold star and a timeless inscription.

The chapter will begin a fundraising drive to supplement its own efforts to make the project a reality. Donors of $100 or more will be named by a brick at the memorial that identifies them as a Gold Star donor.

“Because of the anticipated interest, no individual donor may have more than one brick at the site,” said Delaware VVA Council President Paul Davis. “To our knowledge there is no other such memorial in the state.”

The memorial will cost approximately $9,500 and once that goal is reached no more bricks will be placed at the Gold Star Memorial. However, contributors after that time would be given an inscribed brick or an official, framed certificate for display in their home or business. Any additional funds donated would be used to maintain the memorial site.

Click on to order a Gold Star brick or call Paul Davis at 302-632-3103 for more information.

Because this project includes all generations of Gold Star families it will also be supported by the Delaware Veterans Coalition and included on its website at

The target date for the unveiling is Veterans Day, 2012. Checks should be made payable to VVA Chap. 850, with ‘G/S Memorial’ in the memo line and mailed to G/S Memorial, 5233 S. DuPont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901.

Gold Star Mothers and Families Memorial Brick Order Form

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