Gold Star Mothers recognized for sacrifice, strength
September 28, 2012
GOLD STAR MOTHER'S DAY
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.