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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Gold Star Mothers become bedrocks of support for survivors of the fallen

'Gold Star Mothers' become bedrocks of support...

"It's supposed to be your children burying you, not the other way around," said Brenda Cox, of Killeen, Texas. Cox is part of unique group of parents who share the enormous burden of... MORE about 'Gold Star Mothers' become bedrocks of support for survivors of the fallen

Symbols of remembrance

SOS:There when families are in need

Survivor Outreach Services extends help to family members in their time of need. Although the family's service member has passed away their connection to the Army family has not. MORE about SOS:There when families are in need

After decades of giving, she wont slow down

After decades of giving, a Blue Star mother...

From the moment her teenage son mounted a foldout of an aircraft cockpit on his bedroom wall, she knew that he was poised to fly planes. Martha Coley, mother to two now retired Air Force pilots... MORE about After decades of giving, a Blue Star mother won't slow down

Small-town Army NCO shaped by family, war, football

Small-town Army NCO shaped by family, war...

Russ Currie had not yet been born when his uncle, Jerry Lee Patrick, was killed in Vietnam. MORE about Small-town Army NCO shaped by family, war, football

Screaming Eagle Honor Flight aims to honor vets

Screaming Eagle Honor Flight aims to honor vets

The Screaming Eagle Honor Flight departed Nashville to Washington, D.C., July 25, 2015, with 27 World War II, Vietnam and Korean War veterans on board. In addition, each veteran had a volunteer... MORE about Screaming Eagle Honor Flight aims to honor vets

MEDDAC Soldiers meet with education leaders, Gold, Blue Star Mothers

MEDDAC, NTC Soldiers meet with regional...

Weed Army Community Hospital Soldiers met with regional Clark County School District education experts and Salt Lake City Recruiting Battalion representatives at a luncheon hosted by the Regimental... MORE about MEDDAC, NTC Soldiers meet with regional education leaders to share career insights.

MoH recipients' names added to memorial

"It wasn't just me ... it was our entire unit out there fighting together ... it's for every single one of us, it's for the effort we all put in there and it's for the names that are on the... MORE about MoH recipients' names added to memorial

Fort Rucker supports Gold Star Families

Fort Rucker supports Gold Star Families

Before the Memorial Day ceremony to honor the nation's fallen, post leadership welcomed area Gold Star Family members and survivors to a special gathering as a means to provide additional support... MORE about Fort Rucker supports Gold Star Families

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Gold Star sibling wins scholarship

Columbia Southern Education Group awarded its first "Living Legacy" scholarship to a gold star sister, Stephanie Todd, surviving sister of Sgt. 1st Class David James Todd, Jr., who was... MORE about Gold Star sibling wins scholarship

Obama: Nation owes debt to fallen Service members

Obama: Nation owes debt to fallen Service...

President Barack Obama used the stories of three Soldiers, who died in Afghanistan, to illustrate the values of the thousands of Service members, who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the... MORE about Obama: Nation owes debt to fallen Service members

Gold Star family member remembers husband by helping others

Gold Star Family member remembers husband by...

Capt. Jenna Carolyn Grassbaugh, chief of legal assistance for the 82nd Airborne Division, will forever remember the day in April 2007, when she received the tragic news of her husband's death. MORE about Gold Star Family member remembers husband by helping others

Miltary mothers honored at White House Mothers Day Tea

Miltary moms honored at White House Mother's...

Military mothers were special guests as First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden hosted a tea in their honor at the White House, May 8. MORE about Miltary moms honored at White House Mother's Day tea

Retirees, Gold Star Families can lease post homes at Fort Leonard Wood

Retirees, Gold Star Families can lease post...

Fort Leonard Wood Family Housing is opening a limited number of on-post Family homes for rent by military retirees and Gold Star Family members. MORE about Retirees, Gold Star Families can lease post homes at Fort Leonard Wood

Lt. Gen. David Halverson with a gold star son

Soldier for life reaches out to gold star...

Lt. Gen. David Halverson, as the commander of U.S. Army Installation Management Command and assistant chief of staff for Installation Management, welcomed Army and Navy gold star families to the... MORE about Soldier for life reaches out to gold star families

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 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