ParkTalk Podcast

S23 Episode 02: Gold Star Families Memorial

Jennifer Slown and Lew Breese describe the future Gold Star Families Memorial planned for Veterans Park in Naperville, why it's important and how others can help.

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Quotes from the episode:

“A Gold Star Family is—whether it’s a mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter or spouse—someone who has lost a loved one in service to our nation, serving in the military.  Our intent in Naperville is to build a monument honoring the sacrifice of those Gold Star Families….I’m a mother myself, I currently serve in the Marine Corps Reserve, my husband serves in the Army National Guard, I’ve lost friends in the military in service to our country and keep in touch with their families, so this hits near and dear to my heart.”  Jennifer Slown

“War touches everyone in your family—everyone. Naperville is a very giving town, a very loving town, a very patriotic town. We can move forward with this and make it a beautiful addition to our community.” – Lew Breese

Veterans Park, future home of the Gold Star Families Memorial, is located at 303 E. Gartner Road in Naperville.

Learn more about the Gold Star Families Memorial in this Positively Naperville article reporting on the progress toward full funding.

Gold Star Families Memorial – front view

Gold Star Families Memorial – back view

For more information about the national initiative to establish Gold Star Families Memorial, visit the website of the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation.

How to donate toward the Veterans Park Gold Star Families Memorial in Naperville:

  • Online donations can be made here
  • Address for mailing a check:
    Gold Star Families Memorial
    Century Walk Corporation
    34 Chicago Ave. #B2
    Naperville, IL 60540