Williams personally chose the National D-Day Memorial for Virginia’s first Gold Star monument and helped dedicate it on Memorial Day 2017. During the dedication ceremony, Williams told the crowd, “For the loved ones who lost a loved one in our armed forces at any time in our history, the war is never over, the loss never goes away. America owes these people an honor and a tribute that we have never given them.”
Through the work of his Foundation, Williams succeeded in ensuring Gold Star monuments were placed throughout the country and now there is one in every state, in recognition of the sacrifice of those families.
“Woody reminded us all that freedom is not free. The price of liberty is borne by our sons and daughters in uniform, and by the families they leave behind,” noted Cheek-Messier. “Now we pay tribute to the man who made it possible. His humble nature, caring smile, and tireless devotion to military families is a legacy we will pass on for generations to come.”