"We wanted to give back to veterans in some way," says Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont.
At Center Park in Northfield state officials work alongside community members for an unconventional ground breaking ceremony.
It's the first phase of construction for the Hershel "Woody" Williams Gold Star Families Memorial. It will stand tall in front of Norwich University.
"It will help keep our fallen soldiers from being forgotten," says Kevin McLaughlin of Bolton.
The monument is not only meant to preserve the memory of those who fought and died in war, it's also honoring the families who lost them.
"Our son was killed in Iraq on September 22nd, 2005," says McLaughlin.
Scott McLaughlin was 29 years old when a sniper ended his life. Twelve years later, his parents, Vickie and Kevin McLaughlin, hope to keep their son's memory alive.
"We can never give back enough and I think that this is one small thing that we can do in order to memorialize everything that they have gone through," says Gov. Scott.
Governor Scott says proceeds from the Governor's Gala and donations will be used to fund the monument.
((Kevin McLaughlin/Bolton: "it's really nice to know that there are people out there that want to keep things alive, keep people memorialized.")) [Duration:0'10"]
Officials are hoping to complete the memorial by November 11th -- just in time for Veterans Day.
Taylor Young - Channel 3 News - Northfield.