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Memorial for families who lost loved ones in wars to be unveiled at Patriots Point

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Monument for family members of the fallen to be built at Patriots Point (copy)

Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams, seen here speaking at the groundbreaking for the South Carolina Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at Patriots Point in June 2016, is also scheduled to speak at the unveiling and dedication Saturday morning. File photo

A memorial for families who have lost loved ones in wars will be unveiled Saturday at Patriots Point.

The South Carolina Gold Star Families Memorial Monument will honor families who have lost loved ones in wars since World War I. It's across the Cooper River from the Yorktown, between the water and the parking lot.

The tarp will be removed during a dedication ceremony that starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. There will be no charge, including free parking.

Speakers include Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams, who has been leading the fund raising. Williams, a retired Marine corporal who turned 94 in October, has helped place 30 similar monuments around the country so far.

The plans for the monument at Patriots Point were unveiled during a groundbreaking ceremony in June 2016. The cost was estimated at $65,000.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.

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