The Disabled Veterans National Foundation recognizes and honors those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the U.S. Armed Forces today on Gold Star Mother’s Day.
The day is intended to publicly express the love, sorrow and reverence for those who are Gold Star Mothers and their families. American Gold Star Mothers is an organization of mothers whose sons or daughters served and died while serving their country in times of war or conflict.Today, the DAV foundation noted that however you can honor these mothers and families to please show that honor and gratitude. You may know a family in your community or neighborhood who has a child now serving. You may have read news about a local family who lost a child serving. Reach out and let them know you care and share in their sacrifice.
The name of Gold Star Mother’s derives from the custom of military families who put a service flag near their front window. The flag featured a star for each family member serving their country. Living family members were denoted in blue but gold stars honored family members who were killed in the line of duty.
American Gold Star Mother’s was first organized in 1929 with 25 mothers living in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization now has active affiliated groups throughout the nation and the effort has seen a resurgence during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.