Photo Credit: White House Commission on Remembrance
The Gold Medal of Remembrance was created to recognize and honor children who have lost a mother or father in service to America. The five-pointed star first appeared on the country's national flag in 1777. Gold denotes strength and wisdom, embodying the emotional riches gained from a close relationship with family and friends. The flame symbolizes remembrance, hope and freedom. The laurel wreath represents praise and admiration for Soldiers and their families. The golden flame within a star is the official emblem of the Commission on Remembrance. The purple of the ribbon represents pride and protection. Black symbolizes unity. Red, white and blue represent patriotism for the United States of America.