The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom.

The United States began observing Gold Star Mothers Day on the last Sunday of September, in 1936. The Gold Star Wives was formed before the end of World War II. The Gold Star Lapel Button was established in August 1947.

Today, the nation recognizes the sacrifice that all Gold Star Family members make when a father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, or other loved one dies in service to the nation. The strength of our nation is our Army. The strength of our Army is our Soldiers. The strength of our Soldiers is our families. The Army recognizes that no one has given more for the nation than the families of the fallen.

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day observance honors Gold Star wives...

Fort Belvoir honored military veterans, past and present, Friday during the post's Veterans Day observance at the Cold War Memorial on Long Parade Field. MORE about Veterans Day observance honors Gold Star wives, Service members

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No act: Sinise serious about supporting Gold...

As the celebrity voice of the Gold Star pins public service announcements, actor Gary Sinise is determined to help raise awareness about military Gold Star families. MORE about No act: Sinise serious about supporting Gold Star families

Fallen remembered during Gold Star Mothers and Families Day

Fallen remembered during 'Gold Star Mothers and...

About 150 friends and family members of fallen servicemen and women gathered at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Sept. 28, to remember their loved ones during "Gold Star Mother... MORE about Fallen remembered during 'Gold Star Mothers and Families Day'

Gold Star Mothers Day

Gold Star Mother's Day

The 108th Training Command (IET) Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) staff sponsored a special day for the Gold Star Mothers, Sept. 27. Representatives from the Veteran's Center were present to... MORE about Gold Star Mother's Day

Gold Star families remember their loved ones

Gold Star families remember their loved ones

South Carolina Gold Star mothers and families gathered Saturday at the Lace House in Columbia in observance of Gold Star Mothers and Families Day, which was celebrated Sunday. MORE about Gold Star families remember their loved ones

SOS hosts Gold Star Family event

SOS hosts Gold Star Family event

The Fort Leonard Wood Survivor Outreach Services hosted their annual Gold Star Mother and Family Day Recognition and Concert event Sunday at the USO. MORE about SOS hosts Gold Star Family event

Fort Rucker hosts Gold Star Mothers Day service

Fort Rucker hosts Gold Star Mothers Day service

Sunday, the nation will honor the strength and sacrifice of mothers of service members who have died defending the nation's freedom, as it has since 1936. MORE about Fort Rucker hosts Gold Star Mothers Day service

Gold Star Mothers Day 2014 tri-signed letter

Gold Star Mothers Day 2014 tri-signed letter

The Army joins the nation on Sept. 28, in remembering the strength and sacrifice of its Gold Star Mothers. MORE about Gold Star Mothers Day 2014 tri-signed letter

Gold Star Families Honored at Presidio of Monterey 4 Sept. Reception

Gold Star Families Honored at Presidio 4 Sept...

The Presidio of Monterey is active year-round providing support and inclusion to Gold Star families at events and observances large and small, and the recent Presidio Resiliency Festival at Price... MORE about Gold Star Families Honored at Presidio 4 Sept. Reception

3rd BCT leaves no Soldier or Gold Star Family...

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Men and women from all over the country, and all over the world, serve in the ranks of the Spartan Brigade. These Soldiers volunteered to fight the nation's war on terrorism and... MORE about 3rd BCT leaves no Soldier or Gold Star Family behind

Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene

Army general killed in Afghanistan

An American general was killed Aug. 5, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan, by an individual wearing a uniform of the Afghan National Security Forces. MORE about Army general killed in Afghanistan

Gold Star Families participate in OSUT training

Gold Star Families participate in OSUT training

Gold Star Family members traveled to Sand Hill on Fort Benning, Georgia, July 18, 2014, for a glimpse into the day of a one station unit trainee, courtesy of the 198th Infantry Brigade. MORE about Gold Star Families participate in OSUT training

Letting go

Weekend-long TAPS Good Grief Camp Out reaches...

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Good Grief Camp Out welcomed 30 children ages 6-17 to the Parrie Haynes Ranch, in Killeen, Texas, June 12-14, 2014. MORE about Weekend-long TAPS Good Grief Camp Out reaches out to Gold Star Families

Fly away

Butterflies bring tears, smiles to Gold Star...

FORT LEE, Va. (June 4, 2014) -- About 50 Gold Star Family members and their relatives joined installation leaders and other community representatives for a May 29 Butterfly release ceremony at the... MORE about Butterflies bring tears, smiles to Gold Star Family members

GSP Awareness

Army unveils 2nd "Gold Star" PSA...

The Army announced plans today to release the second of three public service announcements developed to increase awareness of DoD-issued gold star and next-of-kin lapel pins. MORE about Army unveils 2nd "Gold Star" PSA during Memorial Day weekend