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SPC Martin W. Kondor

Cherriney Kondor’s son, SPC Martin W. Kondor

After the son of Cherriney Wilson Kondor ’76, M’77 was killed by an IED in Iraq in 1974, she devoted herself to developing a living memorial to all veterans. The installation will begin in the spring of 2012.

Cherriney is working to raise funds for the $750,000 memorial. While her organiztion is currently asking for in-kind contributions for supplies and labor, donations to the nonprofit will also be important. Toward that end, memorial bricks are being sold. Each brick, with three lines of fourteen characters, will become a part of the garden. There are also several naming levels of sponsorship.

“Our biggest challenge now is to raise about $150,000 to purchase the black granite Wall of Valor and inscribe the names,” Cherriney said. “The more people who know that the Gold Star Garden is coming, the better.”

The dedication of the Veterans Memorial Gold Star Healing and Peace Garden takes place next summer on Saturday, June 9, 2012. The park will be located at 1000 Vander Avenue in York, Pa.

From the Gold Star Garden website:

The Veterans Memorial Gold Star Healing and Peace Garden is a thoughtfully designed commemorative arboretum dedicated to all who serve in the United States Armed Forces. This living monument is a gathering place to honor and remember, especially those fighting in the war on terror.

“Gold Star” is a term derived from American Gold Star Mothers Inc., who were formed in 1928 as a family response to lives taken during the first World War. Now, Gold Star is applied to family members who have lost a loved one serving in the U.S. military.

This living monument will be a gathering place for those who want to commemorate the lives of those who volunteered to protect this country.

For more information, visit the Gold Star Garden website and the Gold Star Healing and Peace Garden page on Facebook.

Layout of the Gold Star Memorial Garden

Layout of the Gold Star Memorial Garden

A series of meditative spaces, the Garden is arrayed around the Central Plaza of Honor. Each area is planted with a particular color to represent a core value of character trait found at the heart of all service personnel.

  • Red represents Courage
  • Orange represents Duty and Service
  • Yellow represents Rememberance
  • Green represents Healing
  • Blue represents Fidelity
  • Purple represents Valor
  • White represents Honor