Granite Bay memorial dedicated on Gold Star Mother’s DayBy: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
On Sunday morning, a crowd gathered at the corner of Barton Road and Douglas Boulevard to celebrate Gold Star Mother’s Day in a way that was much more special than any other year locally.
After a long journey by the Granite Bay Rotary Club and numerous volunteers, the long-awaited day arrived in which the community witnessed the Walk of Honor flag dedication and ceremony at a new memorial constructed at Granite Bay Park.
The Walk of Honor was designed and built by the Granite Bay Rotary Club. At the center of the display is a 50-foot pole flying the American flag with five shorter poles next to it displaying the individual flags of the Armed Forces.
These flags now fly proudly on the corner of Douglas and Barton at Granite Bay Park, serving as an impactful reminder to the community of the freedoms Americans enjoy, thanks to the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces.
“They say a man dies twice. First, when he takes his final breath, and second, when he and his deeds are forgotten,” said Patty Schumacher of Granite Bay.
Schumacher is a Gold Star Mother who spoke at the event and has been one of many instrumental in the local project.
“We must never forget all the brave men and women who have stepped up to serve our country. Each and every one of them have given something of themselves. All gave some. There are significantly fewer who gave more. They gave their last breath for our country, for what they were asked to do for her and for what she stands for,” Schumacher said. “It is important to have memorials such as this to help us remember that those who serve, fight and die in conflicts around the world. It is the least we can do in honoring who these true heroes are. Say their names; remember their deeds.”
Schumacher’s son, Lance Corporal Victor Dew, USMC, graduated from Granite Bay High School in 2008. He was killed in action Oct. 13, 2010, while serving in Afghanistan. He was deployed eight years ago on Sept. 25, and just eight days later, the Granite Bay family received the fateful knock on the door to notify them that Victor had lost his life on his very first mission over season when he was struck by a remotely detonated EID.
Prior to joining the Armed Services, the Shumachers attempted to talk their son into continuing with further college before entering the military. However, he was determined to serve his country, something he dreamed of since the attack on 9/11.
The original Gold Star Mother’s Day was proclaimed in 1936, named after the gold star that families hung in their windows in honor of the deceased veteran. Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed on the last Sunday of September each year. It is a day to recognize and honor families who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country.
Now, in Granite Bay, those who lost their lives in the line of duty can be remembered every day as motorists pass by the intersection and families enjoy the park in which the memorial has been constructed.