Mothers of fallen service members began calling themselves "Gold Star Mothers" during the First World War, but the sorrowful bond they share reaches back to every woman who has lost a son or daughter in uniform since our nation's Revolutionary War. 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. The United States began observing Gold Star Mothers Day on the last Sunday of September in 1936. This year, the Army joins the nation Sept. 29, in recognizing the sacrifice and strength of its Gold Star Mothers.

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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

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

Casualty notifications

Casualty notification process emphasizes...

Casualty notifications have changed in a number of significant ways over recent years, and two chaplains who have been involved in the process explain the demanding duty. MORE about Casualty notification process emphasizes dignity, respect

Arlington National Cemetery

Headstone placement time at ANC greatly...

Over the past two years, the time it takes to place a headstone at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., has been reduced from as many as 180 days to an average of just 45 days, said the executive... MORE about Headstone placement time at ANC greatly improved in past two years

Sunday to honor Gold Star Mothers

Sunday to honor Gold Star Mothers

This Sunday, the Army and the nation will, for the 77th time, turn their attention to mothers who have lost sons or daughters while fighting America's wars. MORE about Sunday to honor Gold Star Mothers

Gold Star moms to be honored

Gold Star moms to be honored

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Army officials invite the community to take part in honoring the mothers of fallen service members at a ceremony in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific... MORE about Gold Star moms to be honored

Commander honors local woman for service to...

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- A northern New York woman who has volunteered her time and talents to provide a special gift for Family Members of fallen Soldiers received recognition Thursday for her efforts. MORE about Commander honors local woman for service to Soldiers' Families

SOS

Survivor Outreach Services adds fallen troops...

Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster, commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, spoke to the Families and friends of eight fallen service members Friday at the Survivor Outreach Services... MORE about Survivor Outreach Services adds fallen troops to Hall of Heroes

Five named Service Members of Year for 2013

5 named 'Service Members of Year' for 2013

Five service members, one from each branch of service were honored July 18, 2013, on Capitol Hill, as "Service Members of the Year," by newspaper publisher Military Times. MORE about 5 named 'Service Members of Year' for 2013

Gold Star families

Fort Sill Gold Star families raise awareness

FORT SILL, Okla. -- Perhaps one of the greatest fears of any military family is finding out that a loved one has died while serving. Although this fear became a reality for her when her husband... MORE about Fort Sill Gold Star families raise awareness

Paul Monti, Lee Brice and songwriters of I Drive Your Truck

Father of fallen Fort Drum hero inspires...

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- When Lee Brice's country hit "I Drive Your Truck" comes over the radio this summer, 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldiers can take pride in knowing the song honors the... MORE about Father of fallen Fort Drum hero inspires country song 'I Drive Your Truck'

Reconnecting

Gold Star mother celebrates son's life

Carrie Farley visits Grafenwoehr to connect with her son's unit, friends MORE about Gold Star mother celebrates son's life

Torii Station hosts luau for spouses of deployed Service members

Torii Station hosts luau for spouses of...

A break in the start to Okinawa's rainy season allowed the Deployed Spouses Luau to go off without a hitch on Saturday at Torii Beach, giving military families the opportunity to socialize while... MORE about Torii Station hosts luau for spouses of deployed Service members

Fort Rucker runs to honor survivors, fallen heroes

Fort Rucker runs to honor survivors, fallen...

The Fort Rucker community pulled together April 20 during the installation's second Survivors and Fallen Heroes 5k run and remember. MORE about Fort Rucker runs to honor survivors, fallen heroes

Silver Star

Family accepts posthumous Silver Star

The family of Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Westbrook was presented with his Silver Star for gallantry, and his second Combat Infantryman Badge, April 19, 2013, during an emotional ceremony at Derby... MORE about Family accepts posthumous Silver Star

Friends

Army honors Gold Star Wives

More than 20 survivors, who lost their spouses, gathered April 5, 2013, at the Survivor Outreach Services Hall of Remembrance at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to mark the second-annual Gold Star Wives... MORE about Army honors Gold Star Wives

Gold Star and Next of Kin pins

Day pays tribute to spouses, families of fallen

April 5, 2013, has been designated Gold Star Wives Day to allow America to pay respect to the spouses and families of fallen members of the U.S. armed forces. MORE about Day pays tribute to spouses, families of fallen

Survivor Outreach Services assists families

Survivor Outreach Services assists families

In one photograph, Brian Hornsby looks out from the cockpit of his Blackhawk helicopter - calm, competent and confident, the quintessential American soldier. MORE about Survivor Outreach Services assists families

Installations provide parking spaces, installation access cards to Families of the Fallen

Army to help improve installation access for...

The U.S. Army Installation Management Command recently implemented a program to ensure Family members of Fallen Soldiers have easier access to Army installations. On March 14, Army installations... MORE about Army to help improve installation access for Gold Star Family members

Mentors provide special attention to children of the fallen, Mardis Gras style

Mentors provide special attention to children...

Employees of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, mentored children of fallen service members, while having fun Mardi Gras style, at Redstone Arsenal... MORE about Mentors provide special attention to children of the fallen

Thanksgiving service honors veterans and Gold Star Families

Thanksgiving service honors veterans and Gold...

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Veterans and surviving Family members of fallen warriors were the special guests of the Thanksgiving and Veteran's Appreciation Service held at the APG North... MORE about Thanksgiving service honors veterans and Gold Star Families

101st Airborne honors Gold Star Families

101st Airborne honors Gold Star Families

The Army is the strength of the nation. The Soldier is the strength of the Army. The Family is the strength of the Soldier. During Gold Star Family Appreciation Week, we honor the survivors and... MORE about 101st Airborne honors Gold Star Families

'We will never forget': Gold Star Mother shares...

... And as Graham related those words, silence echoed throughout the room, silence broken only by timorous coughing from tightened throats and halting breaths from those who openly cried. Graham is... MORE about 'We will never forget': Gold Star Mother shares journey of tragedy, grief, love, hope

Gold Star mothers recognized for 'ultimate...

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Oct. 4, 2012) -- With the figure of Lady Columbia in clear view, her arms open wide to embrace the fallen and comfort the mourning, the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare... MORE about Gold Star mothers recognized for 'ultimate sacrifice'

Gold Star

Post honors Gold Star Mothers

Always held on the last Sunday of September, Gold Star Mother's Day is set aside to honor the mothers of service members who have given their lives for their country. The organization, founded in... MORE about Post honors Gold Star Mothers

Cutting the ribbon

Newly remodeled Survivor Outreach Services...

Post leaders at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, cut the ribbon for the newly remodeled Survivor Outreach Services office, Sept. 29, 2012, to officially open the facility and to honor Gold Star Mothers and... MORE about Newly remodeled Survivor Outreach Services facility opens

Gold Star Mother's Day offers Punchbowl lei...

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Sept. 28, 2012) -- More than 30 Gold Star Mothers will participate in a Lei of Honor and Remembrance ceremony, 11 a.m., Sept. 30, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the... MORE about Gold Star Mother's Day offers Punchbowl lei remembrance

Runners set out

Running to remember: 2,500 Fort Lee community...

Vivienne Wicks has never met 1st Lt. Ryan P. Jones, but she knows much about him. MORE about Running to remember: 2,500 Fort Lee community leaders honor fallen

Agnew

Gold Star Mothers remember loved ones

Our nation has powerful words for when one loses a loved one, such as "widow" and "orphan." And although they are accurate, how do people refer to parents who go through the... MORE about Gold Star Mothers remember loved ones

Gold Star family members, Korean War, WW II-era...

Ninety-two Iowa-Illinois World War II- and Korean War-era veterans flew to Washington, D.C, toured the capital area and its war memorials, and then returned back to a hero's welcome at the Quad... MORE about Gold Star family members, Korean War, WW II-era vets honored with trip to nation's capital

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Post honors victims, responders, military on...

The Fort Jackson community came together Tuesday to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. The ceremony in front of Post Headquarters featured displays to honor... MORE about Post honors victims, responders, military on anniversay of attacks

RIA holds 9-11 ceremony, walk to honor those...

Weaving a tapestry of philosophy ranging from presidents Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln to Bob Dylan, the guest speaker at the 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony Sept.11 shared his thoughts on the... MORE about RIA holds 9-11 ceremony, walk to honor those fallen

Detail lowers flag during 9/11 Ceremony

U.S. Army Pacific honors fallen of 9/11

Soldiers and family members from U.S. Army Pacific paid tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States during a remembrance ceremony, Sept. 11, 2012, on Palm Circle at... MORE about U.S. Army Pacific honors fallen of 9/11

SOS coordinators

Fort Sam Houston honors Gold Star mothers...

This is the first of a series of articles. The Fort Sam Houston, U.S. Army North and San Antonio communities prepare to pay their respects to the survivors of fallen warriors at the Gold Star... MORE about Fort Sam Houston honors Gold Star mothers, families

Boots on the Bridge

Fisher House holds 'Boots on the Bridge' run to...

Tripler Fisher House held the first "Boots on the Bridge, Remembering the Fallen" memorial run, Aug. 18, 2012, at Ford Island, Hawaii. MORE about Fisher House holds 'Boots on the Bridge' run to remember fallen

Post office named for New York City fallen...

BRONX, N.Y. - Everyone who walks through the doors of a Parkchester post office will see a plaque on the wall and wonder who was Pvt. Isaac Cortes. "They'll find out he was a hero. That he's... MORE about Post office named for New York City fallen Soldier

Ribboncutting

Fort Lee opens garden for grieving Families

FORT LEE, Va. (March 21, 2012) -- During an emotional ceremony attended by widowed spouses, Gold Star Moms and grieving parents here Friday, Fort Lee officially opened a Memory Garden for the... MORE about Fort Lee opens garden for grieving Families