Gold Star Family of Sgt. Joel D. Clarkson
The Family of Sgt. Joel D. Clarkson pays tribute to their son, husband and father during the dedication of the Sergeant Clarkson Training Support Center on Fort Wainwright, Alaska, January 2012. September 30, 2012 is Gold Star Mother's Day and Mothers of fallen military members from all branches will be honored during a Protestant service at the Northern Lights and Catholic service at the Southern Lights Chapels on post at 11 a.m. Sunday. For more information contact Survivor Outreach Services at 353-4243.


Allen Shaw, Fort Wainwright Public Affairs Office

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska (September 28, 2012) -- Gold Star Mothers will be recognized during Sunday services 11 a.m. Sept. 30. The Protestant service takes place at the Northern Lights Chapel (Building 3430) and Catholic mass takes place at the Southern Lights Chapel (Building
4107). Gold Star Mothers and Families are welcome to attend. Potluck lunches are slated to follow the services.

Mothers of fallen service members began calling themselves "Gold Star
Mothers" during World War I, but the sorrowful bond they share reaches back
to every woman who has lost a son or daughter in uniform since our nation's revolution. The Army cherishes the mothers of its Soldiers as bedrocks of
support and comfort, and honors the mothers of its fallen as resilient
legacies of their children's service.

Survivor Outreach Services program manager coordinated with the Fort Wainwright garrison chaplaincy for the Sunday services and social time.

The United States began observing Gold Star Mothers Day on the last Sunday
of September in 1936. This year, the Army joins the nation on Sept. 30
in recognizing the sacrifice and strength of its Gold Star Mothers.

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