Gold Star Mother's Day

Friday September 23, 2011

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 serving in harm's way. 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 2011 Gold Star Mother's weekend events in Washington, D.C. From Sept. 24-25, these unique patriots will gather to celebrate the memories of their lost loved ones and to honor all men and women who serve this great nation. Events will include solemn memorial recognitions at Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This weekend is dedicated to women, who have been forever changed by their children who sacrificed their own lives to keep others free.

What's the way ahead?

Being a Gold Star Mother is a distinction no mother wants, but their commitment, courage and constant vigil ensure that the sacrifice of a mother's child is never forgotten. These women 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?

Like the Army, Gold Star Mothers carry on. They are, and always will be, members of our great Army family. The Army, along with our nation, recognizes their courage, and maintain our commitment to support them while honoring the legacy of the fallen - our Soldiers, their children.


U.S. Army Gold Star Mothers website

Gold Star Mothers website

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Senior Leaders are Saying

"Being a Gold Star Mother is a distinction that no mother wants. But in the face of their incalculable personal sorrow, the women of the Gold Star Mothers inspire us all through their grace and selflessness."

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