Herschel “Woody” Williams is the last surviving Marine from WWII to wear the Medal of Honor and he’s on a mission to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and their families. 

The 96-year-old Williams has set a goal to install a series of plaques at every national cemetery to honor the fallen and their families. Yesterday, Williams and VA’s National Cemetery Administration installed the first “Tribute to the Fallen and their Families” plaque at Quantico National Cemetery.

“The most important thing we can do as a nation is to ensure the Veterans of this great country are never forgotten and that we care for them and their families,” said the undersecretary of Memorial Affairs and Navy Veteran, Randy Reeves, who was on hand for the unveiling.

The National Cemetery Administration will continue working with Williams and community partners to dedicate the bronze plaques at each of its national cemeteries throughout this year.

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Published on Mar. 6, 2019

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