Press Release

The Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation Honors Gold Star Families with Memorial at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (May 22, 2017) – In honor of The Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation’s commitment to honoring Gold Star families, the Foundation has gifted The National WWII Museum with a Gold Star mural located on the side of the institution’s Louisiana Memorial Pavilion. The 26x14-foot painting will act as a lasting tribute to families who have lost a loved one in the service of the nation’s military, while also preserving the memory of the fallen and standing as a stark reminder that freedom is not free. 

Woody Williams, a retired United States Marine and the only remaining Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima, will visit the Museum in New Orleans on May 24 to see the stunning memorial in person for the first time. He will be joined by the Museum’s president and executive vice president, as well as 12 members of local Gold Star families, who will also have the opportunity to chat with Williams. 

On May 25, Williams will act as the keynote speaker at the Louisiana House of Representatives’ annual Memorial Day Commemoration in Baton Rouge. The ceremony will feature distinguished military guests, members of the Marine Corps Band New Orleans and the Museum’s Victory Belles. Williams will be available for photos and media interviews both in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Formed in 2010, the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which pursues the vision of Hershel “Woody” Williams, to establish Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments throughout America to honor and recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Armed Forces and their families who endure their loss. In addition to the monument initiative, the HWWMOHF also provides Gold Star scholarships, as well as hosts events honoring Gold Star Families.

The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today – so that future generations will know the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National WWII Museum, it celebrates the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifices of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and served on the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit