The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom.
The United States began observing Gold Star Mother's Day on the last Sunday of September, in 1936. The Gold Star Wives was formed before the end of World War II. The Gold Star Lapel Button was established in August 1947.
Today, the nation recognizes the sacrifice that all Gold Star Family members make when a father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, or other loved one dies in service to the nation. Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day is the last Sunday of September and Gold Star Spouses Day is April 5. The strength of our nation is our Army. The strength of our Army is our Soldiers. The strength of our Soldiers is our families. The Army recognizes that no one has given more for the nation than the families of the fallen.
Survivor Outreach Services
The Gold Star and Surviving Family Member Representative is the Army advocate for surviving Family members.
If you are a survivor and not satisfied with the casualty assistance provided by your service, contact the Army GSSFM.
- U.S. Army Survivor Outreach Services
- STAND-TO!: Lapel Buttons
- STAND-TO!: Gold Star Mothers
- STAND-TO!: Gold Star Spouse's Day
- STAND-TO!: Survivor Outreach Services
- Survivor Outreach Services: Find Your Coordinator
- Military Casualty Assistance
- History of Gold Star Mothers
- Gold Star Awareness
- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (T.A.P.S.)