Gold Star families break ground for own memorial

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 10:56 AM


            Medal of Honor recipient Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams provides remarks as the featured speaker during the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Gold Star Family Memorial at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Sept. 28. The crowd also heard remarks from Gold Star parents Jim and Leslie Groves in addition to others during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)
Medal of Honor recipient Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams provides remarks as the featured speaker during the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Gold Star Family Memorial at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Sept. 28. The crowd also heard remarks from Gold Star parents Jim and Leslie Groves in addition to others during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)

For their sacrifice and what they’ve endured in the loss of their loved one, Gold Star families deserve a monument in every state, says the last surviving Marine who was awarded a Medal of Honor during World War II.

Hershel “Woody” Williams, Gold Star families and others gathered the afternoon of Sept. 28 for a symbolic groundbreaking for a Gold Star Family Memorial Monument in the Memorial Garden at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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The Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation is sponsoring the installation with the support of other organizations like the Marine Corps League, Young Marines, Navy League and Gold Star families.

“We stand here as a result of and in recognition of the sacrifices of our fellow Americans – Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard who gave their very life in defense of our nation,” said Naval LTJG Matthew Previtts, the event’s narrator. “Today, we pledge their gift to us and the price paid by their families will be forever remembered.”

He defined a Gold Star family member as any father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter or relative who has lost a loved one in service to the nation.

“That is what will be constructed here, a monument memorial to their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their loved one,” Previtts said.

Gold Star father Jim Groves thanked Williams and his foundation for his vision in creating the monument.

“As Gold Star parents, we know all too well that this country was founded one folded flag at a time,” he said. “It is a national debt that can never be repaid.”

The monument will be one of two dozen across the United States, and 51 other monuments under way in 37 states. Honoring Gold Star families is very personal to Williams.

Before joining the Marine Corps, he delivered death notices to families during WWII. In the Battle of Iwo Jima, Williams was said to have displayed “valiant devotion to duty” and service above self as he “enabled his company to reach its objective.” His actions, commitment to his fellow service members and heroism were recognized on Oct. 5, 1945, when he received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman.

After his 20 years of service in the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserves, he worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for 33 years.

“It is you that we honor,” Williams remarked to the Gold Star families present. “Your presence speaks louder than any words. It says that you are an American in the very truest sense. Your presence says to those who lost a loved one serving America that they are the true heroes of our country, and the monument will say, ‘They will not be forgotten.’”

He also said he hoped today’s youth will visit the monument and perhaps, for the first time, gain some realization of “the sacrifices that are necessary to keep us a free people” and the gift that is freedom.

“As time goes by, untold young and old will look upon this memorial and in some sense, be aware that it took sacrifices of those who were loved to keep us a free people and in many communities, give all they had so we could be blessed,” Williams said. “We will not forget. We never will.”

He was joined by the Gold Star family members to symbolically break ground, including Lucy and David Luff of Hamilton, whose son, U.S. Army Sgt. David Luff, died in Tikrit, Iraq, in 2010. Sgt.

“I don’t want anybody to forget it,” Lucy Luff said.

Rita Kreitzer, Army survivor outreach services support coordinator, said, “I think (the memorial) is priceless for our Gold Star families. … The families who are dealing with sacrifice and dealing with their grief, things like this will absolutely help them heal. Although that healing never completes, this certainly helps.”

Memorial monument information is available online at hwwmohf.org and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/uyI5c_2meTo.

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Police: Mother accused of giving child hydrochloric acid, chlorine as autism 'cure'

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 1:55 PM

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An Indianapolis mother is accused of feeding her child a dangerous homemade concoction in an attempt to "cure" the child's autism, police said.

The woman's husband claims his wife placed drops of hydrochloric acid and a water purifying solution that contained chlorine into their child's beverage, FOX59 reported. The woman reportedly referred to the mixture as the "miracle mineral solution" and said she found the recipe on a Facebook group page. The husband told police that his wife had fed their child the toxic mixture a few weeks ago, but he only found out about it last weekend.

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The “miracle mineral solution” has been reviewed by the FDA, which warned that it is essentially bleach, FOX59 reported. The mixture is often promoted as being a cure-all for everything from cancer to autism.

The Indianapolis Police Department told FOX59 that the Department of Child Services is reviewing the case and has removed the child from the home. Police declined to release the names of the parents or any of the child's identifying information. The investigation remains active.

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Chance wintry mix today; warmer next week

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 5:54 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 10:20 AM

Chance wintry mix today followed by a warmer and drier Sunday.

Clouds thicken through the morning with a chance of rain and snow showers to develop from the south. Highs will be in the upper 30s. Rain and snow showers push through during the evening before ending into the night. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Overnight lows fall into the upper 20s. Isolated slick spots possible.

  • Chance for passing rain/snow showers Saturday
  • Sunshine and milder for Sunday
  • Rain, potential for flooding returns next week

Sunday: Becoming mostly sunny through mid-afternoon before clouds return. Highs will be warmer, climbing into the upper 40s. Rain is expected to develop at night.

Monday: Rain showers likely, but mild with highs in the lower 60s. It will be a bit breezy at times during the day.

Tuesday: It will likely rain with a chance for a few thunderstorms. It will be breezy and unseasonably warm. Highs will top out near 70 degrees.

Wednesday: Rain will be likely in the morning and then taper off with lingering clouds. It will turn cooler with early highs in the upper 50s.

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Study: Common household chore just as damaging as smoking 20 cigarettes a day

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 10:05 AM

A new study reveals common cleaning sprays could be harmful to your lungs. Women who cleaned as little as once a week had an accelerated lung decline risk. For women, using cleaning products for 20 years is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day. Men who cleaned did not see the same decline as women who cleaned. Scientists said cleaning chemicals irritate the mucous membranes that line the airways. Researchers suggests looking for products that are labeled "allergy friendly."

Love to keep a tidy home? The chemicals in common cleaning sprays could be detrimental to your respiratory system, according to a new report. 

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Researchers from universities in Norway recently conducted a study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, to determine how cleaners may contribute to lung decline over time. 

"While the short-term effects of cleaning chemicals on asthma are becoming increasingly well-documented, we lack knowledge of the long-term impact," senior author Cecile Svanes said in a statement. "We feared that such chemicals, by steadily causing a little damage to the airways day after day, year after year, might accelerate the rate of lung function decline that occurs with age."

For their assessment, the researchers examined the lungs of more than 6,200 women and men from 22 health institutions, following them over a course of 20 years. During that time span, the participants were asked if they cleaned their homes and if they were professional cleaners. If so, they were also required to record how much they used typical liquid cleaning products. 

After analyzing the results, they found that women who cleaned as little as once a week had an accelerated lung decline risk. In fact, they said using cleaning products for 20 years is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day for 10 to 20 years for women. Men who cleaned did not see the same decline as women who cleaned.

The scientists said they were initially shocked by the results. "However, when you think of inhaling small particles from cleaning agents that are meant for cleaning the floor and not your lungs, maybe it is not so surprising after all," they wrote.

They believe the cleaning chemicals irritate the mucous membranes that line the airways, which causes damage. To lower the risk, the British Lung Foundation suggests looking for products that are labeled "allergy friendly" as they have fewer chemicals. 

While the researchers acknowledge their study included very few people who did not clean, they said their findings are strong. 

"The take-home message of this study is that in the long run cleaning chemicals very likely cause rather substantial damage to your lungs," they wrote. "These chemicals are usually unnecessary; microfiber cloths and water are more than enough for most purposes.”

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Man arrested 18th time for indecent exposure, police say

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 1:03 PM

Shawn Noble
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A Nebraska man has been arrested for the 18th time for indecent exposure, authorities said.

The latest incident took place Thursday at an Omaha food court, KETV reported.

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Witnesses told KETV that Shawn Noble, 39, was yelling obscenities when he emerged from the food court restroom completely naked. When the property manager ordered him back into the bathroom to put on his clothes, he lunged at her, witnesses said.

Food court employees were able to barricade Noble inside the restroom until police arrived, KETV reported. Noble was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct and taken to the Douglas County Jail.

Noble, a lifetime registered sex offender and transient, has over 30 arrests, including 17 previous arrests for alleged indecent exposure, KETV reported. He recently completed a six-month jail sentence for a 2017 indecent exposure conviction, according to court documents reviewed by KETV.

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