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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, September 28 2012

Today's Focus:

Gold Star Mothers Day

Senior Leaders are Saying

For nearly a century, the Gold Star tradition has reminded all Americans of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in the service of our nation. During World War 1, homes, businesses, schools and churches displayed flags bearing a blue star for each service member serving in harm's way...

- Senior leaders message

Read the complete: Tri-signed letter - Honoring Gold Star Mothers

What They're Saying

If you make yourself available to those who are hurting, you will see the signs. But friendship is work. Family is work. If you make yourself available to your buddy, eventually you will talk about what's going on. But if you make yourself unavailable, you will find that your buddy hasn't shown up at work for a couple of days, and somebody will find him in his garage.

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Sept. 30: Gold Star Mothers Day

Today's Focus

Gold Star Mothers Day

What is it?

The Gold Star tradition has been in our country for nearly a century as a reminder of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in the service of their nation. During World War I, flags were displayed in homes, businesses, schools and churches bearing a blue star for each military service member. A gold star was stitched over the blue one when one of the members of the military had given their life for their country. From this simple expression of community solidarity, the Gold Star Mothers - an organization comprised of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in war - was born.

What is the Army doing?

The Army joins all Americans in support of the 2012 Gold Star Mothers Day on Sunday, September 30. This weekend is dedicated to women who have been forever changed by the pledge their children made to lay down their own lives to defend the values and ideals that define us as Americans. Memorial events will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Please take time on this day to remember both those who have given their lives in the service of our country and the loved ones they have left behind.

What is the way ahead?

Gold Star Mothers are an inspiration to all Americans because they exemplify courage, grace and fortitude in the face of incalculable sorrow. The Army is dedicated to providing long-term support throughout the grief process. The Army's Survivor Outreach Services deliver a coordinated, comprehensive, and standardized program across the force that meets survivors needs with dedicated resources and a commitment to first class service for as long as the family desires.

Why is this important to the Army?

Groups like the Gold Stars Mothers who support the families of the fallen send the critical message that those we have lost will not be forgotten. On behalf of a grateful nation, we salute America's Gold Star Mothers. They are, and always will be, members of our great Army family. The Army, along with our nation, recognizes their courage, and we renew our commitment to support them as we honor the legacy of the fallen - our Soldiers, their children.


U.S. Army Gold Star Mothers
Gold Star Mothers
U.S. Army Human Resources Command
U.S. Army Survivor Outreach Service
Senior leaders message
Related: STAND-TO!: Survivor Outreach Services

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