Gold Star Mothers monument to get update

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR to honor our Nation’s freedoms by preserving local Gold Star Mothers and Families monument

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Ansonia American Legion Post 353 Commander Jennifer Anthony presents check to Kathy Bowen and Kenneth Wombold presents check to Debbie Nisonger from Darke County Honor Guard for Gold Star Mothers Monument update and preservation. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – The Gold Star Mothers monument located in the Greenville City Park is getting an update to include Gold Star Families and Relatives as set by the US Government.

The Greenville Chapter of the Gold Star Mothers was organized in 1948 by Gertrude Hoblit along with original chapter members and had the Gold Star Mothers Monument erected in 1957.

Gold Star Mothers monument, Greenville City Park. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“The monument is getting updated and changed through the government to included the Gold Star Mothers, Families and Relatives,” said Kathy Bowen, granddaughter of Gertrude Hoblit. “We are making an inscription on this monument to dedicate it to the families and relatives to include them. We are painting the star at the top that has gotten worn. We are sealing this monument, power washing it and adding two stars to the side of this monument.”

Bowen and Debbie Nisonger serve as Co-Chairmen of The Greenville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Veterans Committee.

“It is such an honor for Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR to honor our Nation’s freedoms through relationships with our local veterans and working on preserving our local Gold Star Mothers and Families monument,” said Vice Regent Debbie Nisonger. “Our chapter is strongly active in patriotism and historical preservation which the Gold Star monument represents.”

The unveiling and rededication will be the last Sunday of September when all the work is completed.

The work will be done by Lasting Legacy Memorials of Greenville. Owner Mike Wise, a Navy Veteran, will be doing the preservation work along with updating the memorial. Besides the donations from the Darke County Honor Guard and Ansonia American Legion, Mike will be donating the man hours and cleaning of the monument.

“This is great to take care of the Gold Star Mothers, families and relatives,” said Greenville mayor, Steve Willman. “It is a project that is much appreciated.”