CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Medal of Honor recipient has told West Virginia lawmakers that construction of a memorial on the Capitol grounds to honor Gold Star families will assure them their losses won’t be forgotten.

Woody Williams, addressing legislators in the Capitol on Wednesday, says that’s the concern of the families of 11,448 West Virginians killed in military service.

The Senate and House passed a resolution supporting the memorial.

Williams, a West Virginia native, wore the medal for heroism he received as a Marine corporal during the battle of Iwo Jima.

The Veterans Memorial on the Capitol grounds lists the names of more than 10,000 West Virginians killed in military service.