Lubbock celebrates Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams, Gold Star families

Lubbock celebrates Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams, Gold Star families

Lubbockites and advocates from across the country gathered in the Hub City, dedicating much of the week to celebrate our nation’s fallen heroes and those they left behind.

That included a visit from the only living World War II Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel “Woody” Williams, who was welcomed to Lubbock for a three-day lineup of speaking engagements, tributes and a concert for Gold Star families and veterans.

The ceremonies kicked off Wednesday, with a heroes’ welcome for Williams, followed by an evening concert, “Every Star Remembered,” featuring a variety of Texas country music performers and promoted by Don Caldwell at the Cactus Theater.

Gold Star families were honored Wednesday evening with a concert at the Cactus Theater to raise awareness of Veterans needs including Veteran Suicide/ PTS issues and Mental Health Issues. (Mark Rogers/For A-J Media)

On Thursday, Williams was honored during a fundraiser dinner supporting veterans and Lubbock’s Monument of Courage at the MCM Eleganté Hotel and Suites.

About 300 Lubbockites, Gold Star families from across the country and veterans attend the dinner to hear from Williams and other veterans advocates.

“Lubbock is a proud, patriotic city – we’re honored and privileged to have all of you with us tonight,” said Mayor Dan Pope. “We’re so happy that Mr. Williams has made (another) trip to Lubbock. We want to extend a great special West Texas greeting to you.” 

Williams served as the keynote speaker at the “For Love of Country and Freedom” dinner. He was joined by guest speakers Jo Maitland, president of the Gold Star Mothers Association, and Cathy Metcalf, executive director of education with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. 

“It’s good to be in Lubbock again, and I’m happy to see the number of people who are here! Thank you for coming. “My goodness!” said Williams. 

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