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Biloxi unveils Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

Gold Star family members place roses at the base of a wreath during the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication ceremony at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 2019. The monument honors families of service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Gold Star family members place roses at the base of a wreath during the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication ceremony at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 2019. The monument honors families of service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Marine retired Warrant Officer Hershel "Woody" Williams, World War II Medal of Honor recipient, delivers remarks during the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication ceremony at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 2019. The monument honors families of service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Marine retired Warrant Officer Hershel "Woody" Williams, World War II Medal of Honor recipient, delivers remarks during the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication ceremony at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 2019. The monument honors families of service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Marine retired Warrant Officer Hershel "Woody" Williams, World War II Medal of Honor recipient, speaks with Emily Crowder, spouse of U.S. Army retired Maj. Albert Crowder, during the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication ceremony at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 2019. The monument honors families of service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Marine retired Warrant Officer Hershel "Woody" Williams, World War II Medal of Honor recipient, speaks with Emily Crowder, spouse of U.S. Army retired Maj. Albert Crowder, during the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication ceremony at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 2019. The monument honors families of service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The 58th Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is unveiled during a dedication ceremony at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 2019. The monument honors families of service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

The 58th Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is unveiled during a dedication ceremony at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 2019. The monument honors families of service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Gold Star family members, local community members and Keesler Airmen attend the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication ceremony at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 2019. The monument honors families of service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Gold Star family members, local community members and Keesler Airmen attend the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication ceremony at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 2019. The monument honors families of service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Gold Star family members pose for a photo after hanging a flag during the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication ceremony at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 2019. The monument honors families of service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Gold Star family members pose for a photo after hanging a flag during the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication ceremony at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 2019. The monument honors families of service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Ashton Belcher, Gold Star family member, holds an event program during the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication ceremony at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 2019. The monument honors families of service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Ashton Belcher, Gold Star family member, holds an event program during the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication ceremony at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 2019. The monument honors families of service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, attend the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication ceremony at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 2019. The monument honors families of service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, attend the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument dedication ceremony at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 23, 2019. The monument honors families of service men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airmen unveil the Fallen Heroes Cabinet display in the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Sept. 30, 2019. The display was dedicated to Gold Star families to maintain the memory of fallen heroes and let the families know they are not forgotten. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly Mueller)

Airmen unveil the Fallen Heroes Cabinet display in the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Sept. 30, 2019. The display was dedicated to Gold Star families to maintain the memory of fallen heroes and let the families know they are not forgotten. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly Mueller)

Gold Star families pose for a photo in front of the Fallen Heroes Cabinet display in the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Sept. 30, 2019. The display was dedicated to Gold Star families to maintain the memory of fallen heroes and let the families know they are not forgotten. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly Mueller)
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Gold Star families pose for a photo in front of the Fallen Heroes Cabinet display in the Sablich Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Sept. 30, 2019. The display was dedicated to Gold Star families to maintain the memory of fallen heroes and let the families know they are not forgotten. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly Mueller)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument was dedicated to Gold Star families in memory of their loved ones, Nov. 23, in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The memorial, in addition to a display case placed in the Sablich Center at Keesler, serves as a reminder to Airmen they serve in the profession of arms and fallen heroes will never be forgotten.

We have the incredible privilege to care for the families of our fallen heroes and honor Keesler’s fallen heroes,” said Holly Fisher, 81st Force Support Squadron Air Force Families Forever coordinator. “The children of the service members killed in Vietnam may often tell you after their loved one perished they were often forgotten and their connection with the military was lost.”

The memorials and Gold Star program work toward honoring and remembering not only the fallen, but the families left behind.

It is extremely hard to have been forgotten,” said Diane Moore, Gold Star daughter. “There are times in my life I have lost faith something will happen and bring my father back. He was captured and a confirmed prisoner of war. Family members of service members missing in action have no place they can go to lay roses or Christmas trees at a grave. All we have is a name on a wall in Washington, D.C., and a memorial stone in Arlington, Texas.”

Dedicating memorials to the families is one way Keesler and Biloxi honor and remember the fallen service member and their families.

We recognize the necessity to honor all active duty deaths and the sacrifice all Air Force Families Forever members make when a father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter or other loved one dies serving our nation,” said Fisher. “Everyone longs to feel connected and I’m proud to say we remember and forever care for the families.”

The acts of the community directly impacts and supports the families.

The opportunity to have this memorial here for me and my family is that we now have somewhere to go to place flowers or a Christmas tree,” said Moore.