In military news, Sunday is Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day 2015. This last Sunday in September, which began as Gold Star Mother’s Day in 1936, is a day for our nation to recognize 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. Please help us remind others of this special day on Sunday, September 27 by sharing this blog post on your social networks.
Thank you to all the military families, service members and veterans for your service. Our great Nation is stronger and safer because of your sacrifice.
As noted on the official Army website…
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 Mothers 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.