On Wednesday afternoon, the Guam Legislature voted and passed Bill 184-36 which would authorize the use of property at the Skinner Plaza in Hagåtña to erect the Gold Star Family Memorial Monument.
Introduced by Senator Joe S. San Agustin earlier this month, the bill was introduced at the request of the Gold Star Family Memorial Planning Team and fully endorsed by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Guam Chapter.
“Guam and the Pacific have been blessed by the sacrifices of the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of our nation and island. We are forever grateful for their sacrifice and the sacrifices of the families they left behind,” stated Sen. San Agustin.
The monument will be funded through generous sponsors and led by the Woody Williams Foundation. Woody Williams is a 98-year-old, World War II survivor who stormed Guam’s beaches in Asan during the Liberation of Guam in 1944.
“I want to thank all my colleagues for their support and belief that honoring our Gold Star Families extend to remembering our sons and daughters who gave their lives for our freedoms, especially during Gold Star Family Month,” Sen. San Agustin said.
Bill 184-36 passed with 13 yes votes and 2 excused absences. The measure will be transmitted to the Governor for her action.