The Army recognized Gold Star spouses on Gold Star Spouse Day, April 5.
“Gold Star Spouse Day can be a difficult day for spouses,” Sherry Major, Army Community Service specialist who manages the Survivor Outreach Services and Employment Readiness programs, said. “It is often another reminder of the loss of a loved one and the pain is still raw. It is a delicate balance, using the day as an opportunity to honor the loved one who passed, and uplift the Gold Star spouse at the same time.”
Gold Star spouses can use programs like the Army’s Survivor Outreach Services for as long as they like and locally SOS can be reached at 876-5397.
Major said the Gold Star symbol dates back to World War I and signifies someone who lost a service member in the line of duty (on active duty) or in combat.
This year SOS is partnering with the North Alabama Gold Star Mothers Chapter to offer Gold Star spouses “an evening of flowers, food and fellowship at Field + Forage.” Field + Forage is a flower farm in Huntsville.
The event will be April 21 and include a tour through the flowers and a step-by-step demonstration of creating beautiful spring floral arrangements, which the spouses can take home and enjoy. Charcuterie boards, desserts and drinks will also be available.
“We just want to create a safe, loving environment for spouses to give them an opportunity to talk about their feelings regarding their lost loved one or just to an evening of escape,” Major said.“We just want to find a way to show support. If you know a Gold Star spouse, please reach out to them with a call or a note of encouragement.
“It is my goal that our RSA Gold Star spouses feel supported and know that we reflect on their sacrifice with a loving and grateful heart.”