Camp Nelson monument honors Gold Star military families

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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Dozens of people gathered for a special ceremony in Nicholasville Sunday. It was the dedication of a new Gold Star monument at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

People gathered to recognize members of Gold Star families. It’s a status that no one wants.

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It represents people who have lost loved ones in military service. The term comes from the gold star placed over blue starts on service flags when the service member dies in combat.

A new monument has been placed at Camp Nelson National Cemetery so that no one will forget the sacrifices Gold Star families and their loved ones made.

Several Gold Star family members recalled stories of their loved ones and shared them during the ceremony, including Emily Chambers.



Chambers’ husband Marine Corporal Nich Dieruf was killed in Iraq in 2004 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chambers says she is glad that people are reaching out to support families like hers.

“It’s wonderful for all the Gold Star families just to see the support that others come out and show, whether they know us or not,” said Chambers. “They’re just honoring the sacrifice that our loved ones made and that speaks volumes.”

Officials say there is a similar monument at Veterans Park in Lexington.