FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The symbol of the Gold Star Mothers and Families is as old as the nation itself, dating back to the Revolutionary War. It represents the families, who are honored annually on the last Sunday in September by Presidential proclamation. An excerpt from last year's proclamation is as follows, "Gold Star mothers and families know the immeasurable cost of fighting for the ideals we believe in, and they know the pride that comes with exemplary service to America. On this day, and every day, we offer them our deep gratitude and respect, and we are inspired by their strength and determination. Through heartbreaking loss, our Gold Star families continue to support one another, serve their communities, and bring comfort to the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families."