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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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
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'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
WIESBADEN, Germany - For one survivor, it had been less than five months since the death of his son. For a wife and daughter, only six months have passed. A sister was present whose brother died... MORE about Gold Stars: 'It's important that we recognize and honor survivors'
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