Effort to honor Oklahoma’s Gold Star families stalls

After an effort stretching back nearly six years, volunteers have raised only a fraction of the $75,000 needed to erect the monument

TULSA — Ten years ago, an effort began to fully recognize America’s Gold Star families, those who’ve lost their loved ones to military service.

It has been largely successful, but efforts to erect one in Tulsa have made little headway, and Oklahoma remains one of only three states without such a memorial.

There are two issues, according to David Rule, who’s spearheading the effort in Tulsa.

While the mayor and city council are behind the idea, they’ve been unable to offer a suitable location for the monument on city property, nor do they have the ability to fund the project.

The other issue is fundraising.

“It’s been almost six years since we started, and right now we’ve raised about $5,300, and $2,800 of that came from people I know and work that I’ve done,” Rule told KRMG Thursday.

In August, Congress officially designated Sept. 20-26 as Gold Star Family Remembrance Week.

If you’d like to contribute, you can make a tax free donation here.

To learn more about the proposed monument, visit the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument website here.

You can also call David Rule at 918-698-5395.

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